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Sounding The Sea Symposium

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Sounding The Sea Symposium

Ferens Art Gallery and the University of Hull

June 15 & 16 2017 - Hull, UK

Join scientists, artists, poets and historians to celebrate our cultural, historical and scientific connection to the ocean in Sounding the Sea, a two-day symposium organised by Invisible Dust and Steven Bode, at Ferens Art Gallery and The University of Hull, 15th – 16th June.

Sounding the Sea includes authors China Miéville and Philip Hoare, artists Alec Finlay, Bik van der Pol and Mariele Neudecker, poet John Wedgwood Clarke with sound artist Rob Mackay, producer of new film Plastic Oceans Jo Ruxton, and marine biologist and oceans campaigners; Professor Alex Rogers, Oxford University, Dr Magnus Johnson, University of Hull and many others.

Thought-provoking talks, participatory workshops, artist performances and film screenings will take you on a journey to explore our oceans. Topics will include: climate change, catastrophes such as tsunamis and earthquakes, bioluminescence and deep sea marine life, Hull’s maritime history, marine plastics, rising sea levels and our myriad of cultural connections to the sea.

The symposium offers opportunities to delve into these issues, many of which are of critical importance to the health of our oceans, and to all of our futures.

Unique opportunites of curator-led tours will be available of Offshore: Artists explore the sea - curated by Invisible Dust at Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum, and Somewhere Becoming Sea at Humber Street Gallery curated by Steven Bode, supported by Film and Video Umbrella. Part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Two-Day Tickets (Thursday 15th and Friday June 16th): Full price £45 and concessionary tickets £20

One-Day Tickets (Friday June 16th ONLY): Full price £25 and concessionary tickets £10

If you would like to attend the Thursday evening buffet, please also buy your ticket (£9). Please note a paying bar will also be available to buy drinks.

Please note after May 18th tickets are non-refundable.

June 15th: Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum

The symposium will open with registration at 12.30pm on Thursday June 15th. Artists talks, gallery tours and an evening performance will start at 1.30pm and run in to the evening at Ferens Art Gallery. Teas and coffees will be available. An evening buffet for a small additional cost (£9) will also be available.

June 16th: Middleton Hall, University of Hull

The symposium will open with registration at 9.00am on Thursday June 16th, Artist talks, breakout sessions and live performances will run until 4pm when the symposium will end. Teas & Coffees and a light lunch will be available.

A early programme is available for download from the Invisible Dust website.


Hull offers a variety of accommodation, including several hotels located in or near the city centre. We recommend you consider booking both your travel and accommodation well in advance. The symposium takes place in two venues:

- Thursday June 15th, Ferens Art Gallery located in the centre of Hull

- Friday June 16th, University of Hull a 10-15 minute taxi ride from the city centre

You can book accommodation in the city centre for the evening of Thursday June 15th and travel by taxi to Middleton Hall at the University for the second day. Alternatively accommodation is available on campus and nearby. Taxi fares from the city centre, including the railway station, cost in the region of £7. There is also a regular bus service from the railway station to the University.

Sounding the Sea is part of exhibitions Offshore: Artists explore the sea curated by Invisible Dust at Ferens Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum, and Somewhere Becoming Sea curated by Film and Video Umbrella at Humber Street Gallery.

The symposium is independently supported by the Universities of Hull and Oxford, Arts Council England, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Hull Culture and Leisure and the Wellcome Trust, and is part of the Hull City of Culture 2017.

For further details please Symposium Producer: fiona@invisibledust.com

Join the conversation: #Offshore17 #soundingthesea17

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