Sea Swimmers | Opening Event | Lynn Dennison in conversation with Beth French

Image Credit: Lynn Dennison Contains Art

Watchet Visitor Centre & Boat Museum, Harbour Rd, Watchet, TA23 0AQ

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Friday 18 October 2019 – Saturday 30 November 2019
7pm, 18th October
Admission Fee: £12
Booking essential
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Sea Swimmers, has been a year in the making with London-based artist and filmmaker, Lynn Dennison, documenting local sea swimmers on a monthly basis from the same stretch of West Somerset coastline.
There will be a meal and talk between artist and world-class athlete, Beth French launching the installation from 7pm on Friday 18th October. Please be aware that the talk is a ticketed event, £12 with meal and a drink included. Booking essential: [email protected]
Charting the seasons as swimmers take to water locally and regularly, Sea Swimmers explores the trajectory of the body as it moves from land to sea, and from one element to another. Exploring our relationship with water and our engagement with the sea, it is a filmed collage of experiences and weather conditions. 
Documenting the effect of the sea on each individual, the film shows the swimmers entering the water on one screen and exiting on another. It explores our relationship with the sea and natural elements, whilst offering a portrait of the swimmers who brave these waters all year round. 
On the opening evening, Lynn will be joined in conversation by Beth French, for a talk covering the themes in Lynn installation. From wheel chair bound to world class athlete, Beth French stretches the horizons of her own possibilities, tackling seemingly impossible feats of endurance and adventure.
Beth suffered with ME from the age of 10 and by 17, she was in a wheelchair. Overcoming debilitation, she forged a path to ultimate health her own way. Beth is the first woman to swim the notorious Kaiwi- Channel of Bones, in Hawaii twice and the first person ever to swim from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly. Last year, she was named as one of the World Open Water Swimming Association’s top 50 adventurous female swimmers and is proud to be an ambassador for the First Women UK project.  She is also the subject of the documentary Against the Tides.
This year, Contains Art have been siting works in and around Watchet rather than in our shipping container gallery as normal, in anticipation of the redevelopment of the East Quay. This project by Lynn Dennsion is the last commission in our season of off-site programming for 2019.
During the autumn school holiday we will be running two Autumn Art Schools workshops on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th October from 9.30am – 3.30pm. These will be held at Watchet’s Methodist Church School Rooms, Harbour Road, TA23 0AQ, cost is £15 per workshop. Sessions are, Monday 28th October: Drawing Techniques with Julian Fraser. Julian’s calm and supportive approach equips children with the confidence and tools needed to feel skilled and make progress in drawing and mark-making. Tuesday 29th October: Create a Hanging Wooden Sculpture with Alex Ash Working with veneer over a series of small projects, children will learn some simple woodwork techniques culminating in the design and creation of a hanging sculptural piece. Contact [email protected]

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