This year’s major exhibition takes the Channel coast as its subject, exploring the way artists from the 18th century to the present have drawn inspiration from the cliffs, beaches and harbours of England’s southern border. The south coast has often been a line of defence but has also been a gateway for trade and a popular destination for those seeking fun, sun and sea air. The exhibition looks at the contrasting approaches taken by resident and visiting artists who drew inspiration from the shoreline between Cornwall and Kent. Many celebrated artists have portrayed these shores including Constable, Turner, Brett, Nash, Nevinson, Ravilious, Eurich and more recently Kurt Jackson and Jeremy Gardiner. This unique exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.