An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition.

Island is the seventh in Sunderland Culture's series of Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme exhibition. This exhibition brings together a selection of artists to explore the notion of 'island' life in Britain since 1945.

Island explores current debates central to the coastal experience including environmental change and rising sea levels, unemployment, poverty, inadequate housing and resources, and our difficult relationship between land and sea. These concerns are presented side-by-side with romantic seascapes and documentary photography celebrating the heydays of the British seaside holiday.

The artworks in this exhibition are predominantly loaned from the Arts Council Collection as part of Sunderland Culture’s three-year National Partners Programme. Island includes work by renowned modern British photographers including Martin Parr, Chris Killip, Ingrid Pollard, Tacita Dean, and Tony Ray-Jones, alongside a major new commission by John Kippin & Nicola Neate and artist-led community projects.



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