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Time and Tide Bell ~ #200Fish

A Continuing Arts Programme facing Lincolnshire's Coast

The first exhibition of the #200Fish Project took place at the North Sea Observatory, Chapel Point, Lincolnshire in August 2018. In March 2019 the #200Fish art was staged again in two exhibitions at the village halls in North Somercotes and Marshchapel.

#200Fish is an art project whose objective is to raise awareness of the biodiversity of the North Sea.

There are about 200 species of fish native to the North Sea. This project records their existence through works of art. Mindful of the threats to the marine environment, global warming, ocean acidification, pollution, over-fishing and so on, we invited a large number of artists each to pick one of the fish species and produce a painting, sculpture or other art-work therefrom. After the major exhibition of some two hundred works, at the new North Sea Observatory, we now take much of the exhibition on tour to other venues in coastal Lincolnshire and then, perhaps, further afield. The first outing for #200Fish on the Road takes place at North Somercotes Village hall over the first weekend in March 2019 and Marschapel Village Hall over the second weekend in March 2019.

The Book

We published a book, more than an exhibition catalogue, that includes pictures of all the fish and the accompanying texts written by the artists. The paper version sold out but you can download the whole thing as a .pdf from Here.

#200Fish - Report

The exhibition surpassed all our expectations. The number of visitors was overwhelming; without an exact count we estimated attendance, by two independent methods. We sample counted representative time periods and extrapolated to the whole 12 days and we looked at the café's drink sales numbers. Both approaches produced a figure of about 5000.

Our prime objectives were to raise awareness of the biodiversity of the North Sea and the threats that pollution and global warming give rise to. That was achieved in the minds of a large number of people, so counts as the exhibitions main success.

We also brought art of merit to a new location while giving the opportunity for amateurs to exhibit their work alongside. While about half the works on show were from Lincolnshire artists, we had contributions from further afield, from Cornwall to Sutherland and several from overseas, from Europe, America, Africa and Asia. The exhibition brought artists and their relatives from all corners of Britain to visit the exhibition. One German artist, who lives in Shanghai, made a diversion en-route to Berlin to bring his work, another posted their piece from Germany and then visited the gallery in person.

The book we published to accompany the exhibition has drawn much praise and the print-run of 200 copies has almost sold out, as has the 300 print of the catalogue, which was also produced in full colour, illustrating almost all the works. There are still a few books left for sale: Buy Here

Selling art was not one of our prime objectives but about 20% of the works were sold, paying some artists for their work. We have a policy of not charging commission on sales. Thanks however to the generosity of the many artists who donated their work, we raised about £2000 for our funds. We also gave a space for a local 13 year old to sell the cards that she made, giving a significant boost to her mini-enterprise.

There was one visitor who complained that the window frames of the gallery interrupted the wide view of the seascape but it was suggested that he could step outside onto the decking and enjoy the horizon. That said, there was universal admiration for the building and general surprise that such a magnificent facility had been provided on the Lincolnshire coast. It is clear that the North Sea Observatory will become one of the county's significant visitor attractions. There is no doubt that the exhibition's success owes a great deal to the venue. Some people came to see the building and accidentally found themselves in an art gallery. That was deliberate.

We wanted to bring art to new audiences, showing works of merit to people who may not often visit art galleries. We wanted to give a platform to amateurs to show their work alongside that of established and professional artists. We wanted to encourage new people to take up art creation. And we wanted to use art as a tool for environmental campaigning, in this instance to raise awareness of marine biodiversity, that were over 200 species of fish in the North Sea.

We ticked all the boxes. Thank you to all who helped make that possible.

The #200Fish were exhibited at the North Sea Observatory Art Space from 23rd August to 3rd September 2018. The project will live on beyond this exhibition, popping up at various venues and times in the future. As some works get sold others will be needed to fill the gaps so if you fancy creating a work of art based on one of the North Sea fish species then please do join in.

If you would like to get involved here's what to do:

  1. Pick from the list a species of your choice. You may find it helpful to go to Google Images or search elswhere for pictures of the fish.
  2. Send us an email telling us which fish you have chosen. We will then add you to our list of participating artists.
  3. When completed send us a photo of your work and a short biographical note and link to your own website, if you have one, for publication, if you wish. We will then add that to the fish list.
  4. Also, do a bit of research into your fish and send us some writing. Please read the paragraph at the bottom of the Fish-list for more info on this.

Inclusion in the exhibition of worthy works is free and we make no judgements on artistic merit, preferring to trust the judgement of the artists. Our website in indefinitely extendable. Everybody's images of their artwork and their writing will be included. And we'll include your biography and links to your website if you wish.

F.A.Q. Do I have to be an actual artist?
We are all artists. It's what distinguishes humans from other creatures. Never mind tool-using; monkeys and crows do that. But no other species deliberately paints pictures or models sculptures and we've been doing it forever.
Do I have to be an professional artist?
No. This project is open to all, from acclaimed artists to folk just having a dabble and wanting an opportunity to show something they've created and are rightly proud of.

To get involved with #200Fish, Send us an email telling us about your choice of fish

So get on, pick your fish, paint your picture!

The list is derived from Wikipedia's List of North Sea Fish. This webpage contains or has links to a wealth of information about each fish, and importantly for our purposes, what they look like.

FishBase is a great resource for learning about each fish.

Published in 1993, and some of the fish have moved on, but the North Sea Atlas still has some useful information. Download it here.

By far the largest collection of fish related data is managed by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). Start here.

Another good source is The Marine Life information Network (MARLIN)

The Food and Agriculture Organisation has a lot of infomation here.

For the most authoritative account of fishy politics in the North Sea go to this EU fisheries policy document.

The Shark Trust has lots of good information about the sharks, skates and rays. That's numbers 4 to 43 in the list.

The report from BIOACID - Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification Exploring Ocean Change is available here. Giving urgency to our efforts.

To see pictures of completed artworks click on the word 'Picture' in the list below.

A big thankyou to everyone who has already picked a fish and helped spread the word about this project. And thanks to Radio Lincolnshire who got hold of the idea. Here's the BBC's online report.

To see pictures of completed artworks click on the word 'Picture' in the list below.

1 Myxine glutinosa Atlantic hagfish Picture
2 Lampetra fluviatilis European river lamprey Picture
3 Petromyzon marinus Sea lamprey Picture
4 Chimaera monstrosa Rabbit fish Picture
5 Centroscymnus coelolepis Portuguese dogfish This fish needs an artist
6 Centroselachus crepidater Longnose velvet dogfish Picture
7 Somniosus microcephalus Greenland shark Picture
8 Centrophorus squamosus Leafscale gulper shark This fish needs an artist
9 Deania calcea Birdbeak dogfish Picture
10 Dalatias licha Kitefin shark Picture
11 Echinorhinus brucus Bramble shark Picture
12 Etmopterus princeps Great lanternshark Picture
13 Etmopterus spinax Velvet belly lanternshark Picture
14 Squalus acanthias Spiny dogfish This fish needs an artist
15 Squatina squatina Angelshark Picture
16 Hexanchus griseus Bluntnose sixgill shark Picture
17 Alopias vulpinus Common thresher This fish needs an artist
18 Cetorhinus maximus Basking shark Picture
19 Lamna nasus Porbeagle Picture
20 Galeorhinus galeus School shark Picture
21 Prionace glauca Blue shark Picture
22 Mustelus asterias Starry smooth-hound This fish needs an artist
23 Mustelus mustelus Common smooth-hound Picture
24 Galeus melastomus Blackmouth catshark Picture
25 Scyliorhinus canicula Small-spotted catshark Picture
26 Scyliorhinus stellaris Nursehound Picture
27 Torpedo marmorata Marbled electric ray This fish needs an artist
28 Torpedo nobiliana Atlantic torpedo Picture
29 Amblyraja radiata Thorny skate This fish needs an artist
30 Leucoraja circularis Sandy ray Picture
31 Leucoraja fullonica Shagreen ray Picture
32 Leucoraja naevus Cuckoo Ray Picture
33 Raja brachyura Blonde ray This fish needs an artist
34 Raja clavata Thornback ray Picture
35 Raja montagui Spotted ray Picture
36 Rajella fyllae Round ray Picture
37 Dasyatis pastinaca Common stingray Picture
38 Dipturus batis Common skate Picture
39 Dipturus linteus Sailray This fish needs an artist
40 Dipturus nidarosiensis Norwegian skate This fish needs an artist
41 Dipturus oxyrinchus Longnosed skate Picture
42 Pteroplatytrygon violacea Pelagic stingray Picture
43 Myliobatis aquila Common Eagle Ray Picture
44 Acipenser sturio European sea sturgeon Picture
45 Anguilla anguilla European eel Picture
46 Conger conger European conger Picture
47 Nemichthys scolopaceus Slender snipe eel Picture
48 Alosa alosa Allis shadThis fish needs an artist
49 Alosa fallax Twait shad Picture
50 Clupea harengus Atlantic herring Picture
51 Engraulis encrasicolus European anchovy Picture
52 Sardina pilchardus European pilchard Picture
53 Sprattus sprattus European sprat Picture
54 Argentina silus Greater argentine Picture
55 Argentina sphyraena Argentine Picture
56 Coregonus oxyrinchus Houting Picture
57 Salmo salar Atlantic salmon Picture
58 Salmo trutta Brown trout Picture
59 Salvelinus alpinus Arctic char Picture
60 Osmerus eperlanus European smelt Picture
61 Echiodon drummondii Fierasfer Picture
62 Argyropelecus olfersii Silver hatchetfish Picture
63 Maurolicus muelleri Mueller's pearlside This fish needs an artist
64 Arctozenus risso Spotted barracudina Picture
65 Paralepis coregonoides Sharpchin barracudina This fish needs an artist
66 Benthosema glaciale Glacier lantern fishPicture
67 Myctophum punctatum Spotted lanternfish Picture
68 Gadiculus argenteus Silvery pout This fish needs an artist
69 Gadus morhua Atlantic cod Picture
70 Melanogrammus aeglefinus Haddock Picture
71 Merlangius merlangus Whiting Picture
72 Micromesistius poutassou Blue whiting Picture
73 Pollachius pollachius Pollack Picture
74 Pollachius virens Coalfish Picture
75 Raniceps raninus Tadpole fish Picture
76 Trisopterus esmarkii Norway Pout This fish needs an artist
77 Trisopterus luscus Pouting Picture
78 Trisopterus minutus Poor codPicture
79 Brosme brosme Cusk Picture
80 Ciliata mustela Fivebeard rockling This fish needs an artist
81 Ciliata septentrionalis Northern rockling Picture
82 Enchelyopus cimbrius Fourbeard rockling Picture
83 Gaidropsarus mediterraneus Shore rockling Picture
84 Gaidropsarus vulgaris Three-bearded rockling Picture
85 Molva dypterygia Blue ling Picture
86 Molva molva Common ling This fish needs an artist
87 Coryphaenoides rupestris Roundnose grenadier Picture
88 Merluccius merluccius European hake Picture
89 Phycis blennoides Greater forkbeard Picture
90 Lampris guttatus Opah Picture
91 Regalecus glesne Giant Oarfish Picture
92 Trachipterus arcticus Dealfish Picture
93 Lophius budegassa Blackbellied angler Picture
94 Lophius piscatorius Sea-devilThis fish needs an artist
95 Atherina boyeri Big-scale sand smelt Picture
96 Atherina presbyter Sand smelt This fish needs an artist
97 Belone belone Garfish This fish needs an artist
98 Scomberesox saurus Atlantic saury Picture
99 Cheilopogon heterurus Mediterranean flyingfish Picture
100 Gasterosteus aculeatus Three-spined stickleback Picture
101 Spinachia spinachia Fifteenspine stickleback Picture
102 Macroramphosus scolopax Longspine snipefish Picture
103 Entelurus aequoreus Snake pipefish Picture
104 Nerophis lumbriciformis Worm pipefish Picture
105 Nerophis ophidion Straightnose pipefish Picture
106 Syngnathus acus Greater pipefish This fish needs an artist
107 Syngnathus rostellatus Lesser pipefish Picture
108 Syngnathus typhle Broadnosed pipefish Picture
109 Hippocampus hippocampus Short-snouted seahorse Picture
110 Aspius aspius Asp This fish needs an artist
111 Agonus cataphractus Armed Bullhead Picture
112 Artediellus atlanticus Atlantic hookear sculpin Picture
113 Icelus bicornis Twohorn sculpin Picture
114 Taurulus bubalis Longspined sea-scorpion This fish needs an artist
115 Micrenophrys lilljeborgii Norway bullhead Picture
116 Myoxocephalus scorpius Shorthorn sculpin Picture
117 Cyclopterus lumpus Lumpsucker Pictures
118 Aspitrigla cuculus Red gurnard Pictures
119 Chelidonichthys lucerna Tub gurnardPictures
120 Eutrigla gurnardus Grey gurnardPictures
121 Trigla lyra Piper gurnard Picture
122 Trigloporus lastoviza Streaked gurnard Pictures
123 Careproctus reinhardti Sea tadpole Pictures
124 Liparis liparis Common seasnail Pictures
125 Liparis montagui Montagu's seasnail Picture
126 Helicolenus dactylopterus Blackbelly rosefish Picture
127 Sebastes mentella Deepwater redfish Picture
128 Sebastes norvegicus Golden redfish This fish needs an artist
129 Sebastes viviparus Norway redfish Picture
130 Triglops murrayi Moustache sculpin Picture
131 Chelon labrosus Thicklip grey mullet Picture
132 Liza aurata Golden grey mullet Picture
133 Liza ramada Thinlip mullet Picture
134 Brama brama Pomfret Picture
135 Taractes asper Rough pomfretPicture
136 Pterycombus brama Atlantic fanfish Picture
137 Dicentrarchus labrax European seabass Picture
138 Mullus barbatus Red mullet Picture
139 Mullus surmuletus Striped red mullet Picture
140 Argyrosomus regius Meagre Picture
141 Boops boops Bogue Picture
142 Dentex maroccanus Morocco dentex Picture
143 Pagellus acarne Axillary seabream Picture
144 Pagellus bogaraveo Blackspot seabream This fish needs an artist
145 Pagellus erythrinus Common pandora Picture
146 Sarpa salpa Salema porgyThis fish needs an artist
147 Sparus aurata Gilt-head bream Picture
148 Spondyliosoma cantharus Black seabream Picture
149 Remora remora Common remora Picture
150 Naucrates ductor Pilot fish Picture
151 Trachinotus ovatus Pompano Picture
152 Trachurus trachurus Atlantic horse mackerel Picture
153 Aphia minuta Transparent goby This fish needs an artist
154 Buenia jeffreysii Jeffrey's goby This fish needs an artist
155 Crystallogobius linearis Crystal goby This fish needs an artist
156 Gobius niger Black goby Picture
157 Gobiusculus flavescens Two-spotted goby Picture
158 Lesueurigobius friesii Fries's goby Picture
159 Neogobius melanostomus Round goby Picture
160 Pomatoschistus lozanoi Lozano's goby This fish needs an artist
161 Pomatoschistus microps Common goby Picture
162 Pomatoschistus minutus Sand goby Picture
163 Pomatoschistus pictus Painted goby Picture
164 Thorogobius ephippiatus Leopard-spotted goby Picture
165 Lipophrys pholis Shanny Picture
166 Chirolophis ascanii Yarrell's blenny Picture
167 Leptoclinus maculatus Daubed shanny This fish needs an artist
168 Lumpenus lampretaeformis Snakeblenny Pictures
169 Pholis gunnellus Rock gunnel This fish needs an artist
170 Lycodes vahlii Vahl's eelpout Pictures
171 Zoarces viviparus Viviparous eelpout Pictures
172 Callionymus lyra Common dragonet Pictures
173 Callionymus maculatus Spotted dragonet Pictures
174 Callionymus reticulatus Reticulated dragonet Picture
175 Centrolabrus exoletus Rock cook Picture
176 Coris julis Mediterranean rainbow wrasse Picture
177 Ctenolabrus rupestris Goldsinny wrasse Picture
178 Labrus bergylta Ballan wrasse Picture
179 Labrus mixtus Cuckoo wrasse Picture
180 Symphodus melops Corkwing wrasse Picture
181 Euthynnus alletteratus Little tunny This fish needs an artist
182 Katsuwonus pelamis Skipjack tuna Picture
183 Orcynopsis unicolor Plain bonito Picture
184 Sarda sarda Atlantic bonito Picture
185 Scomber scombrus Atlantic mackerel Picture
186 Thunnus thynnus Atlantic bluefin tuna Picture
187 Xiphias gladius Swordfish Picture
188 Ammodytes marinus Raitt's sand eel This fish needs an artist
189 Ammodytes tobianus Small sandeel Picture
190 Gymnammodytes semisquamatus Smooth sandeel Picture
191 Hyperoplus immaculatus Greater sand-eel Picture
192 Hyperoplus lanceolatus Great sandeel Picture
193 Anarhichas lupus Atlantic wolffish Picture
194 Echiichthys vipera Lesser weever Picture
195 Trachinus draco Greater weever Picture
196 Arnoglossus laterna Mediterranean scaldfish Picture
197 Glyptocephalus cynoglossus Witch Picture
198 Hippoglossoides platessoides American plaice This fish needs an artist
199 ippoglossus hippoglossus Atlantic halibut Picture
200 Limanda limanda Common dab Picture
201 Microstomus kitt Lemon sole Picture
202 Platichthys flesus European flounder Picture
203 Pleuronectes platessa European plaice Picture
204 Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis Megrim Picture
205 Phrynorhombus norvegicus Norwegian topknotPicture
206 Scophthalmus maximus Turbot Picture
207 Scophthalmus rhombus Brill This fish needs an artist
208 Zeugopterus punctatus Topknot Picture
209 Buglossidium luteum Solenette Picture
210 Microchirus variegatus Thickback sole Picture
211 Solea solea Common sole Picture
212 Mola mola Ocean sunfish Picture
213 Ranzania laevis Slender sunfish Picture
214 Beryx decadactylus Alfonsino Picture
215 Capros aper Boar fish This fish needs an artist
216 Zeus faber John Dory Picture
Number of fish chosen:218
Number of fish Artworks completed:211

And do try to get to know your fish. As well as the obvious online sources such as Wikipedia and Google Images, try this remarkable database of all things fishy: FishBase

On the basis that a thousand words are worth a picture, we invite artists to include writing, documentary, prose, poetry or whatever, with their art-work.
The exhibition will feature the written word more extensively than often found on labels in art galleries.
The exhibition catalogue could be a good read - but that's up to you, the artists.

Please give a description of your fish. Start with some basic scientifically accurate facts such as where the fish lives, geographic spread and depth in the sea, how big it gets, what it eats, what eats it, commercial and conservation status. Then move on to something a bit more creative. You might be able to say something about the origin of its name, appearances in folklore and literature or perhaps it has been painted by others. You might like to describe your own relationship with the fish, why you picked it and any other points of interest. Be as creative as you like. Write a poem if that's your thing. It's entirely up to you.

We intend to convert the 200 webpages, each with an image and a piece of writing by you, the artist, into a book. It will be about 200 pages long, in colour, and will have about 200 authors. So when you are doing your writing you might bear in mind that we will need to have a version that is about half a page long.

The Wildlife Trusts - Living Seas

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After the Season (detail) ~ Marta Sienkiewicz

Mosaic Fish ~ Fiona Gurney at Box of Frogs

Up-cycled drinks can Fish ~ Christina Stevens at HereNorThere

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