Power of the Sea

5 Apr 2014 – 6 Jul 2014

Event times

OPENING HOURS Galleries and café Closed Mondays Tuesday — Saturday: 10am — 6pm Sunday: 11am — 5pm Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Before travelling, please call ahead to check opening hours as we occasionally close for special events.

Cost of entry

Adults: £5.00 (includes a 50p donation) Concessions: £3.50 (includes a 40p donation) Under 16s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE Art Fund card holders: By donation - suggested minimum £2 GIFT AID YOUR TICKET and help us to claim up to £1.25 more (Please ask for details) Become a Friend (yearly membership): from £15, enjoy unlimited repeat visits, private view invitations, and other benefits. For more details on admissions g

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From the sublime spectacle of crashing waves to the vast and open expanse of the oceans, the sea has long fascinated artists in Britain. The Power of the Sea offers a multi-disciplinary approach to this fascinating subject, showcasing work by internationally-renowned contemporary artists alongside key historical works from national and regional art collections. This significant exhibition demonstrates the contrasts and continuities in artists' engagement with the sea over a period that spans more than two centuries. It encompasses a time of great change in man's relationship with nature - and the understanding of that relationship — bringing us to the present day and the effects of climate change upon rising sea levels, which has only lent greater urgency to their work. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated book entitled The Power of the Sea: Making Waves in British Art 1790-2014, published by Sansom & Company, available from the RWA during the exhibition at a special price of £20 (RRP £25). Artist in Residency From 15 — 19 April, artist Helen Jones will be working on-site as part of an Artist Residency in The Bristol Drawing School studio.