Exhibition: Mariner: A painted ship upon a painted ocean Inspired by The Rime of The Ancient Mariner

Inspired by one of the most influential poems in the English language, 'The Rime of The Ancient Mariner' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'Mariner' looks at what connects us across history and the present, from the desire to travel – to journey out and back again – to the role of intuition and imagination, the making of mistakes and the process of recovery and redemption through knowledge and understanding.

'Mariner' is our first national touring exhibition and marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower from the UK to the United States of America in 1620. This exhibition will bring 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 day, including: marine pollution, migration, hidden histories, and human vulnerability and isolation. In this way, 'Mariner' is an epic tale retold for a 21st-century audience, with an urgent ecological message whereby we all become the mariner.

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 fromEllen Gallagher & Edgar Cleijne and Linder. And selected artworks by: Richard WentworthNicola Bealing, Justin Brice Guariglia, Vija Celmins, Angela Cockayne, Tacita Dean, Naomi Frears, Nadav Kander, and Joe Lyward.

'Mariner' is curated by Sarah Chapman, Angela Cockayne and Philip Hoare and is delivered by The Arts Institute and The Box, Plymouth partnership, in association with Andrew Brownsword Gallery, University of Bath, and John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton. 

Date: Monday 23 September–Saturday 16 November Time: Monday–Friday 10:00–17:00 and Saturday 11:00–16:00 (also open Sunday 29 September 11:00-16:00 for Plymouth Art Weekender)  Venue: The Levinsky Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building Free admission

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