At Altitude

An Arts Council Collection National Partners Exhibition

This exhibition explores how our experience of landscape, time and space has altered through the introduction of new elevated perspectives on the world that were unknown to earlier generations.

Ranging from early aviation to drone surveillance the exhibition charts these changing perspectives, illustrating how perception has shifted from when aerial images were rare and exhilarating, to the all-enveloping, but strangely flattening vantage point of Google Earth and satellite technologies that grant access to places and information one is not usually afforded.

At Altitude presents historical and contemporary works that elucidate the links between the ever-changing methods of observing the world and how this has been interpreted by artists through painting, sculpture, photography and film.

Artists include Mishka Henner, Jananne Al-Ani, Tacita Dean, Wolfgang Tillmans, Cornelia Parker and more.

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Artist Profile: Carol Rhodes

Curator Brian Cass, Head of Exhibitions at Towner Art Gallery, focuses on the work of Carol Rhodes, Glasgow-based painter whose work often depicts oblique landscapes, detached views of non-places as if seen from a low-flying aircraft.
Artist Interview: Mishka Henner

Manchester-based artist Mishka Henner discuses the ideas behind his 2011, Dutch Landscapes, series, works from which are included in At Altitude.
Store to Tour

This Store to Tour film features local para-glider Steve Purdle, who reflects on his own unique relationship with the Sussex landscape and its aerial beauty alongside contributions from Towner Gallery staff.

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