New Exhibition ‘Ports, Piers and Promenades,’ opens at the RWA

The RWA are delighted to announce the opening of the new exhibition ‘Ports Piers and Promenades‘, curated in response to the current Power of the Sea Exhibition, by University of Bristol Art History Students.

The launch which took place at the RWA’s Queens Road location on the 28 May was very well attended by students and professionals alike. 2014-05-28 16.58.53 2014-05-28 18.24.10  2014-05-28 18.34.41 2014-05-28 18.55.192014-05-28 18.55.37

Ports, Piers and Promenades captures the sea and the English coastline as a place of both work and leisure.  The artworks showcased in this exhibition have been drawn from the Royal West of England Academy’s permanent collection providing an exciting opportunity to delve amongst the treasures of this rich resource.

 The exhibition includes work by a number of RWA Academicians including Danny Markey, Dawn Sidoli and Rodney Joseph Burn. It portrays the English coastline, and in particular the South West, taking in local scenes such as Lord Methuen’s Severn Beach in the 1930s, as well as artworks from further afield including David Inshaw’s work Timetable (24b).

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The students have captured the shore is an in-between place, marking the transition from land to sea. The sea is framed as a cultural, social and commercial body, with selected artworks tracing the many ways in which man has interacted with the sea, from busy working ports to depictions of idyllic beach holidays.

Ports, piers and promenades reveals how man has made his mark on the coastline, building a life around the sea incorporating both work and leisure pursuits. In many of the paintings displayed the themes of work and leisure appear simultaneously. For example the seaside resort, as depicted in Peter Folke’s RWA Wet Day at Swanage provides both jobs and a holiday destination, whilst coastal artists’ colonies such as St Ives provide artists with both a retreat from busy city life and an intensive work environment.

The exhibition has been curated by Minami Fuse, Joss Johnson, Tony Marwick, Yasmin Namdjou and Samantha Wiltshire from the History of Art Department at the University of Bristol. It has been devised in response to The Power of the Sea which runs from the 5th April to the 6th July 2014 see www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2014/05/the-power-of-the-sea

The exhibition is located on the lower ground floor and is free for everyone to enjoy, donations are appreciated. All donations will go to the RNLI. For more information about the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.

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