Powerful Tides: 400 Years of Chatham and the Sea

Chatham Historic Dockyard, 23 March – 17 June 2018

Langlands & Bell are exhibiting a new digital film “Into the Blue: Time Tide & Power” in  Powerful Tides: 400 Years of Chatham and the Sea an exhibition marking the 400 anniversary of the Stuart Dockyard at Chatham, the site of the present Chatham Historic Dockyard. “Into the Blue: Time Tide & Power” combines the names of all the worlds seas with the names of warships built at Chatham since the first ship Merlyn was launched there in 1579. The film is an allusive tapestry of history and territory, power and persuasion, time and place, proximity and distance.

The exhibition reflects the impact of Chatham on key artists of the C18 – C20 such as John Constable, J.M.W Turner, William Wyllie, Norman Wilkinson and Eric Ravilious and demonstrates how the sea continues to inspire artists today with works by Christiane Baumgartner,  Layla Curtis, Tracey Emin,  Nadav Kander, Anselm Kiefer, Steffi Klenz, Langlands & Bell, Nikolaj Larsen, Chris Orr, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Richard Wilson, Catherine Yass.

Curated by Jean Wainwright.

Private view 22 March. Exhibition open from 23rd March to 17th June 2018.

Digital artwork: Richard Wilding.
Duration: 14 minutes, 40 seconds, infinite repeating loop.