An epic maritime poem is the inspiration for a major exhibition of international art in Plymouth.
Mariner: a painted ship upon a painted ocean takes as its starting point one of the most influential poems in the English language, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834). It is delivered by The Arts Instituteat the University and The Box, Plymouth.
The exhibition 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, which draws on historical artefacts held at The Box, Plymouth; new sculptural works by Grace Schwindt; a new multi-sensory installation of the Raft of Medusa by Lucy and Jorge Orta and special contributions from Ellen Gallagher and Edgar Cleijne and Linder Sterling.
Featured alongside are selected artworks by Nicola Bealing, Justin Brice Guariglia, Vija Celmins, Angela Cockayne, Tacita Dean, Naomi Frears, Nadav Kander, Joe Lyward and Richard Wentworth.
Mariner is The Arts Institute’s first national touring exhibition. Following the Plymouth show, it will be on display in The Andrew Brownsword Gallery, University of Bath (24 January–21 March 2020), and John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton (2 May–4 July 2020).