Art and the Sea

For the last 3 years, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts has been working with artists, actors, scientists, local communities and schools, to explore the coastline and demonstrate the continued role for art as a means to reflect upon its long-term environmental, cultural and historical changes.   The programme has been funded by a combination of Sainsbury Centre, Heritage Lottery Fund and the former CUE East and has involved many partner organisations from Mundesley Players, BBC Voices, UEA Weatherquest and the Teacher-Scientist Network.


Since 2011 the Sainsbury Centre has been collaborating with The Crown Estate on an Art and the Sea programme which is intended to bring new impetus to a long tradition for the combined resources of art and science to interpret social and environmental change along the coast-line. This programme has included regular events for the Cromer and Sheringham Coast Festival and worked with many artists making work at and about the coast.


The latest venture was two Art and the Coast commissions: Songs of the Sea by the Voice Project, performed at Cromer, and an art commission, whose winner was Sophie Utting’s film ‘The Sea is a Hungry Dog’, made with the contribution of local communities. The Crown Estate Art and the Sea programme will continue through 2012-13 with a conference in Sheringham Little Theatre on October 27 a performance of Songs of the Sea on November 2 at Cromer Parish Hall, and with a variety of further educational events and commissions.