The Time Machine: Exhibition & Publication

Image Credit: Toni Davey

Contains Art, East Quay, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0AQ


Wednesday 23 August 2017 – Sunday 17 September 2017
22nd August 6pm-8pm Private View
Opening Hours: 11am-4pm Wed-Sun & daily during holidays

The third in a series of exhibitions and publications, this project has been made possible with financial support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Fairfield Charitable Trust. Following the success of our publication in 2015 of a new edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and a new publication in 2016 of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, this exhibition and publication revisits an extraordinary novel that has inspired creative responses since it was first published in 1895.

Where will we be some 80,500 years from now? What would become of our race were current social tendencies to define our evolution? These are the questions that preoccupied the rich mythical science fiction of H G Wells' The Time Machine. Contains Art explores these themes in an exhibition inspired by the novel with artworks illustrating a new, limited edition, publication of the text.

The novel resonates keenly with contemporary concerns, whether the divisiveness of immigration, the global response to Syria, or the regressive rhetoric of Brexit, through the traveller’s eyes, we are able to see the present more clearly. This is as true now as a century ago. And as climate change predicts an unfolding of life on Earth, Wells’ depiction of life’s final bolthole in the deep subsurface of the Morlocks, becomes perhaps more relevant than ever. The artists who have contributed to this exhibition work in a wide range of media and their responses reinforce the continuing relevance of this text in a tumultuous modern age.

The new edition of H G Wells' novel is for sale from the gallery.

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