Whatever the Weather
21 November 2015
RAMM’s major winter exhibition explores a theme which affects all our lives: the weather. Or more accurately, how weather seems to be constantly changeable, occasionally extreme and always unpredictable. Through a lively mix of historical paintings and prints, artefacts, archives and the work of contemporary artists, the exhibition exposes humanity’s relationship to the elements. It draws on the collections of the Met Office, National Trust, Arts Council Collection and Royal Meteorological Society and RAMM’s own collections.
The show includes rain gods from the Americas, paintings by William Blake and Samuel Palmer, stormy seascapes and ships in distress, private weather diaries, weathervanes, barometers, thermometers and all manner of recording instruments. See Admiral Fitzroy’s first ever weather forecast issued by the Met Office in 1861 and Beaufort’s original table of wind strength (the Beaufort Scale) dating to 1810.
In response to the historical material, RAMM has commissioned as a centrepiece for the exhibition, new work by one of the UK’s leading artists working with digital media. Susan Collins, currently Slade Professor and Director of the Slade School of Fine Art, will create works based on the Devon coast. Artist Joanna Brown will be exhibiting her latest works exploring floods and their aftermath. The exhibition will also include Simon Faithfull’s video piece created with the help of a weather balloon and new artwork by Julian Grater.
In developing the exhibition and events programme, RAMM has worked closely with the Met Office and the National Trust. In 2015, the Trust marks the 50th anniversary of its Neptune Campaign to protect Britain’s coasts.