May 2019 - ongoing
sea / film is a film programming and events organisation committed to brining alternative film and cinema to Yorkshire, the Humber and the North East. I am the co-director and programmer for the organisation.
Vision? Use film and alternative programming to inspire new connections, conversation and community and introduce new genres and ways of screening cinema.
So far projects have involved monthly pop-up curated monthly short film programmes, and a three-month project 'Shifting Sands.' This explored the changing geographies of the North Yorkshire Coast. It involved documentary screenings, a community zine and a moving image and live music installation in Scarborough Market Hall Vaults.
Supported by Film Hub North and Cinema for All
Here Be Whales
5th Feb – 22nd April 2019
Here Be Whales is an exhibition bringing together a number of artists who explore and question the authenticity of whale representations. It reflects, in ethical terms, material and cultural methods and how these are challenged, not only by whales’ damaged past, but also by their threatened present and speculative future.
The exhibition was held at at Left Bank Leeds and Hull Maritime Museum, as well as an accompanying publication.
Artists (in alphabetical order):
Helen Cann | Martha Cattell | Angela Cockayne | Filippa Dobson | Hondartza Fraga | Caroline Hack | Sophia Nicolov | Marina Rees | Kathy Prendergast
Supported by AHRC, WRCoaH, University of York, University of Leeds, Hull Maritime Museum, East St. Arts, Leeds and Left Bank Leeds.
Curated by Martha Cattell, Hondartza Fraga and Sophia Nicolov.
20 July to Sunday 16 September 2018
Refuse/Refuge is an exhibition of contemporary art exploring the role of visual politics in shaping the public’s reactions to the 21st-century refugee and migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. At the core of the exhibition lies a series of ethically and politically troubling questions. What does it mean to refuse refuge to someone who has fled from their home countries due to war, violence and poverty? How can we approach these issues and our own ethical responsibility, without using a photojournalistic ‘lens’?
Curated by Martha Cattell and Kyveli Lignou-Tsamantani.
This exhibition includes artwork by international artists: Majid Adin, Forensic Oceanography, Ina Lounguine, Janne Malmros and Maria Tzanakou.
The exhibition is supported by the History of Art Department, University of York, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities and York Festival of Ideas.
Turner and the Whale
7 October - 7 January 2018
Turner and the Whale represents a rare opportunity to see together three of the four whaling canvasses produced by the acclaimed marine artist in 1845-1846.
The exhibition, on display at the Hull Maritime Museum from Saturday 7 October, is curated by the Museum, and Professor Jason Edwards and AHRC-funded PhD student Martha Cattell of the University of York's Department of History of Art.
For the exhibition, Turner’s paintings were shown alongside work by his contemporaries in Hull, as well as some of the museum's renowned collection of scrimshaw - engravings created by whalers using bones and teeth of marine mammals - and Inuit art.
A catalogue, an international conference and an online virtual exhibition were created to accompany Turner and the Whale.
Supported by Hull City of Culture, Arts Council England, Tate, Hull Maritime Museum, University of York.