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Sounding the Sea

Leading British fantasy fiction author China Miéville is one of several guest speakers who will appear at a fascinating new event in Hull in June, exploring vital issues of climate change and the health of our oceans.

5th June 2017

The major two-day event, Sounding The Sea, is open to all, and will bring together authors, artists, marine biologists and ocean campaigners for talks, workshops, performances and film screenings at Ferens Art Gallery and the University of Hull. 

Award-winning author Miéville, who has written critically acclaimed titles including The City & The City, Embassytown and UNLUNDUN, will be reading his new essay commissioned by Invisible Dust for the Offshore exhibition and discussing his experience of descending in a Nekton submersible to the depths of the ocean off Bermuda.  

The event will also feature author and BBC presenter Philip Hoare who will speak about his new book RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR which he says “deals with drowned poets, eccentric artists, queer writers, tempests and storms, selkies and cetaceans and mythic birds and all the fluid states in between what we profess to be as a species and what we might really become“.  Artists Alec Finlay, Bik Van der Pol, Mariele Neudecker and Saskia Olde Wolbers, marine biologists and ocean campaigners Professor Alex Rogers (University of Oxford) and Dr Magnus Johnson (University of Hull) and more, will be discussing diverse topics including plastics, maritime painting, rising sea levels and the science and literature of deep sea marine life.   

Sounding The Sea is organised by Invisible Dust - curators of the hugely popular Offshore: Artists explore the sea exhibition currently attracting thousands of visitors at Ferens and Hull Maritime Museum – and Director Steven Bode curator of the celebrated Somewhere Becoming Sea at Humber Street Gallery.  

Alice Sharp, Director and founder of Invisible Dust – which works with renowned artists and scientists to produce unique, exciting works of contemporary art and new scientific ideas that explore our environment – said:

“The amazing feedback we’ve had from people of all ages and backgrounds about our exhibition Offshoreat Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum demonstrates just how strongly we all feel about our seas. Many people, particularly in this part of the world, have a strong connection to the sea. The event will look at the sea from different angles from literature, history, science to everyday personal attachment that most of us feel visiting a beach or walking along a promenade. I think it will appeal to anyone with an interest in our seas. We look forward to welcoming people this June, to hear exciting speakers such as China Miéville, Philip Hoare and many more.” 

Offshore: Artists explore the sea  a diverse, family-friendly exhibition curated by Invisible Dust, featuring Tacita Dean, Alexander Duncan, Tania Kovats, Lawrence Lek, Martin Parr and more.  Until 28 August 2017 Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum (free admission).  

Sounding The Sea is supported by the University of Hull, Arts Council England, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Hull Culture & Leisure and the Wellcome Trust.    

Venues: Ferens Art Gallery and Middleton Hall, University of Hull  

Book tickets: 

Two-Day Tickets (Thursday June 15th & Friday June 16th): £45, concessions £20  

One-Day Tickets (Friday June 16th): £25, concessions £10