The Arts Institute

Mariner: a painted ship upon a painted ocean

Featuring 15 artists, Mariner showcases a series of new commissions and artworks that consider the contemporary resonance of the poem, including Zubenelgenubi, a new film by Serena Korda; a bespoke installation by Mary Evans; new sculptural works by Grace Schwindt; a new multi-sensory installation of the Raft of Medusa by Lucy + Jorge Orta and special contributions and selected work from Nicola Bealing, Justin Brice Guariglia, Vija Celmins, Angela Cockayne, Tacita Dean, Naomi Frears, Ellen Gallagher & Edgar Cleijne, Nadav Kander, Linder, Joe Lyward and Richard Wentworth.

Raft of the Medusa © Lucy + Jorge Orta, 2019

The Levinsky Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Show open 23rd September - 16th November 2019:
Monday- Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm, Saturdays 11:00am - 4:00pm and especially for Plymouth Art Weekender: Sunday 29th September 11:00am - 4:00pm

Inspired by language and rich visual metaphor, Mariner retells an old tale for the 21st Century, taking as its starting point one of the most influential poems in the English language The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834).
Told with a new sense of urgency Mariner is presented as a national touring exhibition, launching at The Levinsky Gallery, Plymouth, marking the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower from the UK to the United States of America in 1620. In association with the upcoming Ancient Mariner Big Read, the exhibition brings together artists and scientists to tease out what we might learn from the past whilst exploring the most pressing of issues that the poem seems to speak to in the present, including: marine pollution, climate change, the movement and migration of peoples across the seas, hidden histories and human vulnerability and isolation.

Curated by Sarah Chapman, Angela Cockayne and Philip Hoare, this exhibition is delivered by The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth and The Box, Plymouth partnership. After its first showing in The Levinsky Gallery, this national touring exhibition will then visit The Andrew Brownsword Gallery, University of Bath and the John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton.

23 September – 16 November 2019: The Levinsky Gallery, Plymouth
24 January – 21 March 2020: The Andrew Brownsword Gallery, Bath
2 May – 4 July 2020: John Hansard Gallery, Southampton