Emma Critchley: When the Waters Recede


Emma Critchley: When the Waters Recede

Friday 20th February 2015 - Sunday 10th May 2015

When The Waters Recede relates to a series of site-specific installations, across three locations along the Bristol Channel that respond to the 1607 floods, the largest and most destructive floods in British history.

The floods are now generally believed to be a tsunami due to the similarities in eyewitness accounts to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The flooding resulted in the drowning of some 2000 people, with houses and villages swept away and more than 300 square miles of lowland along 350 miles of coast destroyed. Emma Critchley will present preparation work and sketches from this ambitious regional project, (due to be completed in 2016-17), in Plymouth Art Centre’s restaurant.

Emma Critchley has worked as an underwater image-maker for over ten years, with an MA from The Royal College of Art. Through working with a combination of photography, video and installation, she explores the human relationship with the underwater environment. Critchley has developed works funded by The Photographers Gallery, The National Media Museum, Arts Council England, The British Council and the Singapore International Foundation. Her award-winning work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at The Australian Centre of Photography, the ICA Singapore, The National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers Gallery and Saatchi Gallery’s New Sensations.

Helping to install When The Waters Recede and promoting the exhibition will be a group of young people we are supporting to achieve their Bronze Arts Award.

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