Laura Callaghan Art

An art exhibition with a difference: She & the Sea in June 2024

15 April 2024

About SHE & THE SEA:

The exhibition features my textural, mixed-media seascapes, and I have also curated a selection of art from talented regional artists specialising in ceramics, textiles, and jewellery (Jenny Morrish, Lucy Morrison, and Claudia Weatherley). I’m also proud to showcase works from the budding young artists of BHASVIC college Brighton and Downs View Life Skills College. Through the power of visual art, my exhibition delves into the pressing challenges facing our seas, aiming to engage audiences in a meaningful dialogue about ocean conservation. As we observe World Ocean Day on June 8th, the opening day of the exhibition, join us in answering the global call to action for the protection and appreciation of our oceans. At the heart of this exhibition lies a belief in the transformative power of both the sea and art to inspire positive change. Rather than succumbing to despair, we strive to foster hope and optimism, symbolising collective efforts toward a brighter future for our oceans.

Bring your own beach / shoreline waste! Exhibition visitors will have the opportunity to engage with an art installation entitled "My Sea Bed" (drawing inspiration from Tracey Emin's renowned work). It is a bed surrounded by marine debris & sea pollution, positioned in the Medieval Undercroft of The Crypt Gallery: the installation invites attendees to participate in beach clean-ups at Seaford beach, to collect marine waste (including fishing tackle, 'ghost gear,' and plastic debris typically discarded by ocean waves along the shoreline) and to add this to the installation. Throughout the exhibition period, accumulated waste will serve as a visible representation of humanity's impact on marine ecosystems.

The exhibition includes a talk by regional voluntary group Sussex Underwater who will be sharing their experiences of the Sussex coast, discussing marine sea life protection and actions to take to protect our local seas. The talk will be on Friday 14th June at 7-8pm. Tickets are available via: