Seaside art this summer

Heading off to the UK coast this summer? Here are Emma’s top picks of seaside art exhibitions.

Photo by Belinda Fewings on Unsplash

Photo by Belinda Fewings on Unsplash

It’s summer at last. The temperature’s rising and many of us are heading off to UK beauty spots for a well-deserved break by the sea.

Sitting by the sea and eating ice cream is all well and good, but when the rain (or the sunburn) sets in you might be after an art-fix.

Here are our five must-see seaside art exhibitions this summer:

The Plot – Folkstone Triennial

The Folkstone Triennial is back for its fifth edition. Curated by Lewis Biggs, this year’s event is all about urban myths and their relationship with reality. 27 newly commissioned, site-specific artworks make up the Triennial, including work by Cog favourite Bob & Roberta Smith.

Until 2 November

John Nash – Towner Eastbourne

Towner Eastbourne present one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of John Nash’s work in fifty years. The exhibition showcases the wide-range of Nash’s work, including his output as an Official War Artist of both World Wars.

Until 26 September

Breakfast Under the Tree – Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate

Curated by actor and Talk Art podcast co-host Russell Tovey, this exhibition explores depictions of social scenes and shared spaces in modern life. It features an eclectic range of work by some fantastic contemporary artists, including Caroline Coon, Jon Key and Toyin Ojih Odutola.

Until 5 September

Haegue Yang – Tate St Ives

Strange Attractors is the UK’s largest exhibition to date by South Korean artist Haegue Yang. The exhibition, featuring new and existing work across a wide range of media, considers pagan ritual and the natural world.

Until 26 September

Katrina Palmer – England’s Creative Coast, Southend-on-Sea

Katrina Palmer has worked with Metal Southgate to create two new outdoor artworks in Southend-on-Sea, HELLO and RETREAT. HELLO is inspired by the intra-war concrete sound mirrors that dot England’s southern coast. RETREAT is a web-based experience that can only be accessed by scanning a QR code on a disused Victorian gunpowder storage building.

Both artworks have been created as part of recently launched England’s Creative Coast, which we created branding for.

Let us know if you make it to any of these seaside exhibitions this summer. For more cultural reviews and recommendations don’t forget to sign up for our cultural calendar.

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