Songs of the Sirens

Songs Of The Sirens is a group exhibition featuring the work of Verity Birt, Victoria Lucas, Jake Moore and Solveig Settemsdal.

According to the legend in the Odyssey, the Sirens were alluring, androgynous figures whose songs would enchant sailors, leading them to become intoxicated by an insatiable thirst for adventure. The songs were said to mesmerise passing sailors, and once hooked the sailors would become forgetful, never to pleasure from the idea of returning home; eventually, delirious and emaciated they would drown out at sea.

Songs Of The Sirens takes Odysseus’ encounter with the Sirens as a point of departure as we look at what new pleasures and anxieties are emerging today in a world of constant connectivity, and what knowledge these ancient sites and mythologies might transfer as we inhabit an increasingly digital space.  

The exhibition presents the work of four artists who explore themes including mythology, fluidity, power, materiality, artifice and our relationship with our environment through mixed media practice.   

A series of free events and workshops will accompany the exhibition.

Songs Of The Sirens is supported using public funding from Arts Council England.

Related Events

Saturday 8th June, 2pm-4pm
Verity Birt: Reading and Sounding Group
Gender & Sexuality in Western Mythology

Saturday 15th June, 2pm
Workshop: Self as Siren

Saturday 22 June, 2-3pm
Talk and film screening with exhibiting artist Jake Moore

Sunday 23 June, 10am-12pm
Children’s workshop with Phil Root