HAC launch new exhibition inspired by water and climate change
Posted on 2 Aug 2021
A new photography exhibition organised by Street Level Photoworks in partnership with North Ayrshire Council’s Arts & Culture Team has been unveiled this week at the Harbour Arts Centre.
‘Everything Flows’ features two separate photography retrospectives by the dynamic visual arts duo Coulson + Tennant and Edinburgh-based contemporary artist Victoria Clare Bernie.
Part of VisitScotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 festival, ‘Everything Flows’ launches on 28 July and will run until 18 September as part of a series of photography exhibitions taking place between now and October across various coastal locations across Scotland.
Featuring the work of award-winning artist partnership Saskia Coulson and Colin Tennant, this special exhibition will see the duo presenting works from their ongoing series After It’s Gone.
Exploring the landscape, geology and ecology of the Artic, Subarctic and Antarctic regions, Coulson + Tennant have undertaken multiple expeditions to create works that spark conversations about the past, present and future of our manmade and natural world.
Coulson + Tennant commented: “Over the last five years, our expedition locations have included the Arctic Circle including Svalbard, Greenland and the Canadian Artic; the Antarctic Circle including South Georgia, South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic peninsula.
“During these expeditions we were engrossed by the beauty of these desolate polar landscapes but equally alarmed by their vanishing environments as we watched huge glaciers ceaselessly crumbling and travelling far beyond the normal restrictions of the ice caps and frozen seas.
“By documenting these rapidly changing environments, we hope to share the beauty of these fragile places and contribute to the climate emergency discussion while inspiring all of us to work together to protect these incredible regions and our planet as a whole.”
The exhibition Slow Water by Victoria Clare Bernie is also on show at the HAC as part of the ‘Everything Flows’ showcase.
Her creative exhibit is a representation of Scotland’s landscapes, coasts and rivers, forests and hills and features work originally created in 2011 during a Leverhulme Trust Artist-in-Residency at the Scottish Association for Marine Science Research Laboratory (SAMS), based at Dunstaffnage near Oban in Scotland.
During her time at SAMS, Victoria worked in collaboration with marine and freshwater scientists and the Hydro to research and create a form of ‘liquid atlas’ mapping the present condition of water in Scotland.
Using a combination of digital video, drawing and photography, Slow Water seeks to identify and record an alternative image of Northern and Western Scotland and features visual examples of water science including the microscopic inhabitants of a sea loch.
Malcolm Dickson, Director at Street Level Photoworks, said: “It has been a difficult time for artists, cultural venues and local communities, so we are particularly excited to now be able to launch the ‘Everything Flows’ photographic trail with the HAC and other partner venues in regional locations.
“The exhibitions at Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine continue a productive partnership between our venues, and the value of creativity in recovery and revitalisation is further amplified as a result. Irvine is an essential and unmissable part of this photographic trail."
Rhona Arthur, Head of Service (Connected Communities) said: “I would urge everyone to take the time to support the HAC’s new exhibition. The Harbour Arts Centre is the cultural hub for North Ayrshire and we are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome both Coulson + Tennant and Victoria Clare Bernie as part of VisitScotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 festival.
“We are extremely lucky to have such talented artists showcasing their work in our venue and the ‘Everything Flows’ exhibition is a great addition to the schedule of events planned for the HAC this summer.”
The ‘Everything Flows’ exhibition by Street Level Photoworks will run Wednesday and Thursday 10am – 3pm, Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 12 noon – 5pm from now until 18 September 2021. Tickets are available now via the Harbour Arts Centre Ticket Source website: www.ticketsource.co.uk/harbour-arts-centre