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Ship to Shore: Art and the Lure of the Sea

08 February 2014 - 04 May 2014

Ship to Shore: Art and the Lure of the Sea is an intriguing visual feast for all ages. This new exhibition features paintings, artists’ films, photography, sculpture, prints and archival objects, evoking the vastness of oceans, the romance of sea travel and ship-to-shore communications.

It is the first time that Southampton, a hub for transatlantic travel, has presented so many internationally-renowned contemporary artists on this subject. You can explore Ship to Shore across two venues – John Hansard Gallery and The Pavilion at SeaCity Museum.
At the John Hansard Gallery you will discover extraordinary film installations by Isaac Julien and Catherine Yass (who also features at SeaCity Museum), the account of Chris Burden’s Ghost Ship and Thomas Joshua Cooper’s haunting sea photographs.
The Pavilion at SeaCity Museum showcases works by Tracey Emin, Tacita Dean, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Susan Hiller, Dorothy Cross, Steffi Klenz, Simon Patterson, Humphrey Ocean, Richard Long, Langlands & Bell, Mark Power, Claire Kerr and Zineb Sedira, juxtaposed with voice recordings from Southampton’s past, beautiful historic paintings, maritime instruments, posters, postcards, cruise ship memorabilia and other archival objects from the city’s rich collections.
Ship to Shore: Art and the Lure of the Sea is curated by Dr Jean Wainwright in collaboration with SeaCity Museum and the John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication, with written contributions by Philip Hoare and Dr Jean Wainwright alongside a range of artist images featured in the show. The publication is financially supported by University for the Creative Arts (UCA) and is due to be published later in the year.

For more information on the exhibition please click here


John Hansard Gallery
University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ
T: 023 8059 2158 / E:

Opening times:
Tuesday to Friday, 11am-5pm / Saturday 11am-4pm
Further visiting information here

The Pavilion at SeaCity Museum
Havelock Road, Southampton, SO14 7FY
T: 023 8083 3007 / E:
Opening times
Open 7 days a week, 10am – 5pm, including Bank Holidays
Entrance prices
Ship to Shore exhibition only: £3.50 (£2.50 concessions)

General Admission: £8.50 (£6 Concessions) (includes Ship to Shore exhibition and SeaCity Museum admission)


Travel between the venues
Unilink U1 bus (Highfield Interchange – Civic Centre)

Publication supported by:      
Catherine Yass
Catherine Yass, Lighthouse (North), 2011. Duratrans transparency, lightbox. Copyright the artist. Courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery, London.