Opening Hours
Now Wakes the Sea: Contemporary art and the ocean

Artists: Tacita Dean, Marcel Dinahet, Sean Lynch, Maria McKinney, Conrad Shawcross, Lucy Skaer, Janaina Tschäpe, Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, and Anna Zacharoff.

Curated by Chris Clarke and Kirstie North

4 August - 5 November 2017


Artists have long been drawn to the ocean. From naturalistic seascapes to vivid depictions of aquatic life, its vastness, timelessness and mutability has fascinated poets, writers and artists for centuries. Titled after the 1963 short story by J.G Ballard, Now Wakes the Sea considers a resurgence of interest in the sea in contemporary art practices, presenting Irish and international artists whose work explores ideas of submersion and salvaging, the lure of the deep for seafarers, and the secrets hidden in its unseen trenches.

In Ballard’s story, a man experiences nighttime visions of crashing waves encroaching upon his landlocked, suburban neighbourhood. This idea of the seductive but deadly lure of the sea resonates with the artworks in the exhibition which explore the ocean’s attraction, the sense of adventure which comes with taking to the open waves, and the primordial nature of the sea as a repository from which narratives and objects can be reclaimed.

Now Wakes the Sea is funded by University College Cork, the Irish Arts Council and private philanthropy through Cork University Foundation.

You can download a press release on the exhibition here.

Find out about visiting the Lewis Glucksman Gallery here.

Image: detail from Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Ultima Thule, 2012