Tania Kovats' bell casting for One and All at Somerset House

Tania Kovats’ bell casting for One and All at Somerset House

A wonderful thing is happening at Somerset House in November and the first two weeks of December. The upcoming exhibition One and All is a digital voyage through sight, sound and sea. What this means is that you’ll be able to experience the beauty that is the British coastline just by popping along to the Strand. One and All will enable you to take a virtual coastal walk, immersing yourself in the evocative sounds and sights of the coast and encounter three distinctive artistic responses along the way. It’s entirely up to you how you want to experience the commissions, which ‘journey’ to take and how long to spend there.

What Does the Sea Say by Martyn Ware

What Does the Sea Say by Martyn Ware

One and All is set within a boardwalk overlooking the River Thames. This innovative exhibition is as close as you’ll get to the beach while still in the heart of London. Featuring hand processed films, large-scale projections and 3D sound installations, the journey extends beyond the exhibition rooms and onto the River Terrace where you’ll find Martyn Ware’s striking blue beach hut.

Sound artist Martyn Ware (Heaven17 / Human League), poet Owen Sheers and visual artist Tania Kovats have been invited to take inspiration from 50 years of Project Neptune, the Trust’s campaign to acquire and care for coastal land. Produced in collaboration with sounduk, Ben Wigley (artdocs) and digital agency The Swarm, One and All will create an immersive virtual experience of the British coastal landscape. Tania Kovats is a leading international artist who has just been shortlisted for the Max Mara Art Prize For Women. Last month she cast her bronze tidal bell on Porthcurno Beach, which will be rung at high tide at Somerset House. Kovats’ new digitally animated drawing Tide will be bringing the UK tide to life.

And if you can’t make it to Somerset House, you can also experience this online

One and All
Somerset House
4th November – 13 December 2015
London WC2R 1LA

Words by Anna Bang


anna bang, Martyn Ware, Owen Sheers, Somerset House, Tania Kovats,