The Humble Vessel

Cornish Harbour, 1951
29 April – 24 July 2016

Throughout history, artists have looked to boats and the sea as subject matter, sometimes romantically, yet often addressing issues around migration, loss, absence, struggle and hope. Today, the subjects seem particularly relevant as images of migrants, attempting to cross into the relative safety of Europe, flash across our TV screens.

The Humble Vessel features a newly commissioned film work by Pakistani artist Fazal Rizvi, which explores multiple narratives around the sea, shifting between fiction and reality. This work is shown alongside both contemporary and historic works from the British Council Collection, such as William Scott’s Cornish Harbour, 1951 and The New Art Gallery Walsall’s collections.

This exhibition is curated by Aziz Sohail, a curator from Pakistan, who spent three weeks at the Gallery on a curatorial development residency supported by the British Council.

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