In some ways, Hull is a place defined by its relationship to the sea. It is a place grounded by a body of water- always pulling out, always coming back in again. This water has a remarkable tendency to shape, renew, de-stabilise and re-invent the land it surrounds.
Sea Change is an exhibition which brings together the work of five artists, all with connections to Hull. It asks the questions: To what extent do our collective geographies and histories inform who we are? Are such things traceable in our habits, choices and creative agencies? And how – if at all – do the places we come from shape, inform and contribute to our sense of self?
Just as the tide does daily, some of the artists featured in the exhibition have returned to Hull for the show. The pool is mixed with those who have navigated new waters alongside some who have stayed close to home.
As the sea remains a constant unknown, any sea change brings about the chance for learning and un-learning. This exhibition is an opportunity to suppose, wonder, invite new perspectives and cultivate connections. It may pose the questions above, but it may not answer them.
Creel are an artist-led curatorial project based in Hull. Formed in late 2020 by Ellie Chapman and Lauren Wilson, Creel aim to highlight the work of early career artists based in the region. Hull has historically been described as ‘the end of the line’ due to its geographical isolation, Creel counteract this by providing a platform for local artists. In 2021 Creel launched HEARTH/PARK, their first online exhibition on their Instagram page, featuring the work of 16 artists with connections to the city. Sea Change is their first curated exhibition in a gallery space.
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