Seaside Blues

Seaside Blues
11 February until 1 April 2023
Opening Saturday 11 February, 4pm - 6pm, Free, all welcome

Seaside Blues is an exhibition of marine cyanotypes by artist Jane Stewart and a weekly film programme of short films diving into the undercurrents of lives, rituals and landscapes by the sea.

Artist Talk with Jane Stewart
Saturday 1st April, 4.30pm
Jane Stewart
Marine Cyanotypes

Inspired by the Essex coast, Jane created large cyanotype pieces as a collaboration with the sea. The non-harmful cyanotype chemicals were applied to paper and then placed on the tideline where seaweed and other flotsam were added during the developing process to create large abstract prints.
Jane Stewart is a visual and community artist and storyteller based on the Essex coast, her work is rooted in nature, especially the coast, oceans, bodies of water and our relationship to them. Where possible she restricts her practice to materials that cause no harm to the environment. Recycled or natural materials, fabric plundered from charity shops, artefacts found on beach cleaning and mudlarking expeditions. In 2021 she won first prize at a climate change and ocean awareness climate exhibition in Zurich. 

Tina Rowe

For her short artist film, Tina coated a 50 year old wedding dress in the cyanotype chemistry and exposed it on a beach in Walton. She then walked into the sea where contact with water caused the colour to become bright blue and the shadows of the shells and seaweed to start to pop. Wedding dresses are loaded with a slew of agreed meanings and a further load of personal interpretation. The change from exposed unwashed chemistry to the shift to blue when it is touched by water reflects the simple gesture of a pen swipe on a contract that can seed and legitimize life changing, world changing, events. 
Tina Rowe is an artist who works with the tools of analogue photography to explore the ways that human presence is recorded and lost in the landscape. Her work makes use of the material possibilities of light sensitive chemicals on different substrates. She is particularly interested in early processes and is a founder member of e5process darkroom, which was set up specifically to support artists who use film photography.

Seaside Blues Film Club

Saturday 11 February, 4pm (repeated through the evening)
Azul by Tina Rowe
Saturday 18 February, 4pm and 5pm
Blackwater Mouth Tollesbury Creek Jumping Ladz by Tilly Shiner
Saturday 25 February, 5pm and 6pm
Salt Wounds by Hannah Renton
March Film Club programme TBC

Free, All welcome

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