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JMW Turner with Lamin Fofana: Dark Waters

A painting by JMW Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner Stormy Sea with Dolphins c.1835–40

Experience the power of the sea through paintings, sketches and an immersive sound environment

Take a fresh look at JMW Turner in new exhibition Dark Waters. For the first time, Turner’s work will be presented within an immersive sound environment created by artist and musician, Lamin Fofana.

Although creating work centuries apart, both artists convey the power and politics of the ocean and explore its relationship to capitalism and colonialism. Turner’s paintings focus on the dangers of the waters around the British coast and Fofana’s sound work looks across the Atlantic.

Tate Liverpool’s location on the waterfront, combined with Liverpool’s maritime history, provides the perfect context for us to consider Turner afresh. The exhibition features some of Turner’s most celebrated seascapes alongside his sketchbooks and works on paper.

Lamin Fofana translates the writing of pioneering Black authors into sound. Fofana’s work explores questions of movement, migration, alienation and belonging.

Tate Liverpool

Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Liverpool L3 4BB
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27 September 2022 – 24 September 2023

  • Advance booking is recommended ​
  • This ticket includes access to the collection
  • Members enjoy free entry – no need to book, just turn up with your card.


£10 / Free for Members

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Staff and students at University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University and City of Liverpool College get free entry. Use your university email address to create a free account then book your tickets online.

Up to four children aged under 16 go free per parent or guardian

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Supported by

JMW Turner with Lamin Fofana: Dark Waters Exhibition Supporters Group

With additional support from

Mylands and Tate Liverpool Patrons


That sense of a journey into Davy Jones’s Locker is heightened by an atmospheric soundscape, composed by Lamin Fofana whose splashes and moans create a very modern elegy for those in peril on the sea

The Guardian

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