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Storm Warn­ing is a col­lab­o­ra­tion between New­lyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, and Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea

18/11/23 – 13/04/24
Opening Times
Sun–Mon, Closed
Tue–Sat, 10:00 – 16:00

Storm Warning is a collaboration between Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, and Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, which seeks to raise awareness of the impact of the climate crisis on coastal communities in Mount’s Bay, and South Essex.

It includes new, innovative artworks and engagement projects by Angela YT Chan, Rebecca Chesney with Lubaina Himid, Wyrd Flora, Joey Holder, Andre Kong, Harun Morrison, Ellie Robinson-Carter, Something & Son, Heloise Tunstall-Behrens, and David Watkins. New, thought-provoking commissions will be presented simultaneously at each venue that explore issues facing the two coastlines alongside research into nature-based solutions that are relevant locally and resonate more widely.

“The artists featured in this exhibition take a range of approaches, working with ecologists, activists, citizen scientists, marine biologists, and those working in the fishing industry. The resulting works range from the playful and immersive to projects which foreground the role artists can play as activists and strategists. We hope this exhibition will not just show the impact of the climate crisis on our locations but also highlight the change we can each make as individuals,” said James Green, Director Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Katharine Stout, Director, Focal Point Gallery.

The scale of the climate crisis and change that needs to happen to counteract its impact often seems overwhelming and out of reach to individuals, and so each gallery will present a diverse range of artworks and resources that aim to inform and inspire. The two galleries share the ambition to discover the local impact of climate change and highlight ways in which we can all take action to protect our environments.

Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Focal Point Gallery are each located in coastal towns with important marine environments, and with dual economies of tourism and fishing. They each serve communities living through the cost-of-living crisis, alongside the pending threat of rising sea levels and unpredictable weather patterns.

Part of this initiative is to highlight work already taking place by partnering with environmental organisations such as both Cornwall and Essex Wildlife Trusts, Greenpeace UK, The Environment Agency, and Southend City Council, with projects piloting pioneering nature-based solutions to reach carbon-neutral objectives in each locality.

Made possible with support from Art Fund through Reimagine grants.

Showing across both Newlyn Art Gallery, and The Exchange, Penzance

And at Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea
4 Oct 2023 – 6 Jan 2024

Proudly supported by Waterhaul, transforming plastic from our coastline into purposeful products that inspire action.
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