Yorkshire Times
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3:23 PM 14th May 2020

Gallery Screenings Online From Scarborough Art Gallery: The Sea Around Us

A new series of online film nights from Scarborough Art Gallery continues this month with films looking at the sea as an element of marine paintings.

John Wilson Carmichael Dutch Fishing Boats, 1860, Scarborough Art Gallery
John Wilson Carmichael Dutch Fishing Boats, 1860, Scarborough Art Gallery
Gallery Screenings Online, on the last Tuesday of each month from 7pm, features films selected to give audiences a new perspective on both visiting exhibitions and the permanent Scarborough Collections, followed by a Q&A.

The next event, on Tuesday 26 May from 7pm, is called The Sea Around Us, and will feature six short films and audio recordings with a Q&A with artists Daniel & Clara, Hondartza Fraga and Amy Sharrocks (Museum of Water) about their own depictions of the sea and its use more generally as an artistic subject.

The films include:

Louis Lumière, La mer/The Sea, (1895), 0:35 secs
One of the first films ever screened to the public, shown at the first public film screening in Paris in December 28, 1895.

Hondartza Fraga, Upon a Painted Sea, (2015), 2.58 mins
A film that seeks to bring a focus back to the sea that is otherwise just a backdrop in paintings depicting the military and economic power of the Dutch republic.

Daniel and Clara, Exterior Series, EXT. WAVES, (2017), 21 mins
Part of a series that strips away as many other elements as possible to focus on the direct relationship between the recording device (in this case a VHS camera) and the natural environment.

Unknown Artist Ship Portrait 'Isabelle' 19th century. Scarborough Art Gallery
Unknown Artist Ship Portrait 'Isabelle' 19th century. Scarborough Art Gallery
Film programmer Martha Cattell says: “Scarborough Art Gallery has a great many marine paintings in its collection. The sea as a subject in its own right is often overlooked and, more widely, often absent in discussions on marine painted subjects.

“This screening will reconsider this and think about the main subject that is usually present in marine paintings, but so often overlooked: the sea. It will consider water through the personal, political and material.”

Each Gallery Screening will have optional live captions from a stenographer; downloading the app version of Zoom is recommended for those wishing to use this function.

A visual guide, or ‘social story’, will also be created, with illustrations by Scarborough artist Savannah Storm, to explain the format and accessible elements of the screening.

Access to Gallery Screenings Online event on 26 May is by password only, available, along with a link, by emailing Martha Cattell at - please email the same address for access to the social story.

The Q&A and introduction will then be available post-event on Scarborough Museums Trust’s YouTube channel:

For further information on Hondartza Fraga:

For further information on Daniel & Clara:

For further information on Amy Sharrocks and the Museum of Water: