Sea Swim: Head Above Water

23 Jul 2016 – 3 Sep 2016

Event times

23 July - 3 September 2016.
Monday to Friday: 10:00-17:00
Saturday 11:00-16:00

Cost of entry

Free admission

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Peninsula Arts Gallery

Devon, United Kingdom

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The transformative effects of sea bathing that inspire artists and writers are captured in an exhibition that explores its sensations, stories and psychological impact.


Head Above Water reveals the embodied imagination of the swimmer’s experience through film, photography, sculpture, drawing and poetry. 

Artists: Sally Barker, Tessa Bunney, Gary Coyle, Dorothy Cross, Lynn Dennison, Peter Matthews, Heinrich & Palmer, Simon Pope, Gayle Chong Kwan, Anna Sikorska, Kit Wise and Sea Swim. 

Sea Swim explores, with groups of swimmers in Plymouth, how swimming in the sea changes the way we feel ourselves to be in our bodies.  

Related events

Saturday 23 July – Launch event
Join us for a day of activities, which include a talk from the curator, artists and a family workshop Atlantis with artist Gayle Chong Kwan.  More information coming soon. 

Wednesday 17 August – Family event
Join us for some more family activities. More information coming soon.

Sea Swim events
Interested in sea swimming? Join The Chestnut Appeal's sea swims at Drake Island on 7 August at 9:30 and Plymouth Breakwater on 21 August. The Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer raises funds to help men with prostate cancer and their families across Devon and Cornwall and you are asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £50. For more information please contact David Squires from The Chestnut Appeal - chestnut.events@nhs.net



Lara Goodband

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Sally Barker

Heinrich & Palmer

Heinrich & Palmer

Gary Coyle

Lynn Dennison

Kit Wise

Tessa Bunney

Gayle Chong Kwan

Sea Swim

Simon Pope

Anna Sikorska

Peter Matthews

Peter Matthews

Dorothy Cross

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