Inspired by our sea-side location and Patrick Heron’s use of colour and scale, we have brought together some of the brightest artists to explore perhaps one of the world’s favourite colours – blue. With performance, film and poetry, the galleries will be bought to life alongside an evening of music and drinks from the terrace cafe.
Programme of events
From 18.00 until late – Themed music in the café, drinks and tapas
18.40 – Introduction talk to Derek Jarman’s Blue. Foyle Studio
Artist Josie Cockram offers an introduction to Derek Jarman’s last film, Blue.
18.50 – Derek Jarman’s Blue. 75mins. Foyle Studio
In Derek Jarman’s last film Blue, the monochrome glow of the projected frame echoes the artist’s fading eyesight, as the soundtrack evokes powerful images of the mental, physical and emotional strain caused by his terminal illness. Blue was completed in 1993, the year before Jarman succumbed to AIDS-related complications. This marks the 25th anniversary of the film’s release, and doubles as a celebration of Jarman’s life and the quarter of a century after his passing.
19.20 – Ask The Sea with Marcus Coates and Fiona MacDonald : Feral Practice. Clore Sky Studio
What can we learn from the sea? Marcus Coates and Fiona MacDonald : Feral Practice bring together a panel of specialists to discuss how the sea can teach us about the human world.
Subverting a Gardeners Question Time format, you will be able to ask the panelists a question about human society. It can be a personal everyday concern, or a broader social, political issue. The panellists will answer audience questions through their specialist knowledge of the sea and marine species to bring new perspectives to our human concerns. You are welcome to submit your question in advance via the Ask The Wild website or bring it with you on the day.
This event is part of Ask the Wild, a project which offers fresh perspectives on personal, social, and political issues in human society, by bringing the expert knowledge of the natural history disciplines to bear on everyday human problems and dilemmas. Previous talks, Ask the Apesand Ask the Birds, have been held at Whitechapel Gallery and Turner Contemporary, Margate.
19.30 – Ella Frears. Modern Art and St Ives Display
Join us at the launch of new poetry commission by Ella Frears, inspired by the art and artists of St Ives.
20.20 – Nina Royle, Glaucous. Patrick Heron Exhibition
Inspired by the themes present within Patrick Heron’s work, this new performance by Nina Royle explores the cultural and historical significance of the colour blue. Combining rhythmic prose, multiple voices, live music and found sound, the performance will consider the contradictions implicit within blue – extreme joy and extreme sadness, the sea, the sky – and the slippery, problematic nature of using words to single-out and classify colours. With costumes by Sarah Johnson and music by Ben Pollock.
20.50 – Ella Frears. Modern Art and St Ives Display