The Silver Wave by Michelle Williams Gamaker

The Silver Wave by Michelle Williams Gamaker
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

When: 20 October 2022 to 08 October 2023
Where: Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery Queen St, Exeter, EX4 3RX
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Cost: Free
Suitable for: Any age

The Silver Wave, by critically-acclaimed moving image and performance artist Michelle Williams Gamaker, was commissioned by RAMM in 2020 to celebrate the theme of ‘Untold Stories’.

Inspired by objects from the Arctic region in RAMM’s collection, Gamaker tells the story of Ada Blackjack, an Iñupiat woman from Nome, Alaska, who became the sole survivor of a doomed expedition to Russia’s Wrangel Island, in the Arctic Ocean, between the Chukchi Sea and East Siberian Sea.

The explorers were hoping to claim the island for the British Empire, but as the four men Ada travelled with fell ill and eventually died or disappeared in an attempt to seek help, she was left alone on the island.

Ada’s diary of this ill-fated voyage, are filled with thoughts of her young son Bennet, who she had had to leave behind in a care home. Extracts from this diary provide the dialogue to the film read by Iñupiat poet and writer Carrie Ayagaduk Ojanen, from the Ugiuvamiut tribe.

‘The Silver Wave’ was previously displayed at RAMM in Spring 2021.

For more information about the artist see michellewilliamsgamaker.com

Exhibitions & Projects

  • Yinka Shonibare CBE: Modern Spiritual

    Yinka Shonibare CBE: Modern Spiritual

    The Burton at Bideford Art Gallery and Museum

    15 June 2024 to 10 August 2024

    View details

  • Pop Art and Pottery

    Pop Art and Pottery

    The Burton at Bideford Art Gallery and Museum

    15 June 2024 to 11 August 2024

    View details

  • The Restoration of Stover Canal

    The Restoration of Stover Canal

    Newton Abbot Town and GWR Museum

    30 July 2024 to 31 August 2024

    View details

  • High Street 100

    High Street 100

    Newton Abbot Town and GWR Museum

    30 July 2024 to 31 August 2024

    View details

  • D Day 80 Exhibition

    D Day 80 Exhibition

    Torquay Museum

    19 March 2024 to 21 September 2024

    View details

  • Are we nearly there yet A History of Transport

    Are we nearly there yet A History of Transport

    Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

    15 June 2024 to 29 September 2024

    View details

  • The Time is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure

    The Time is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure

    The Box, Plymouth

    29 June 2024 to 29 September 2024

    View details

  • Turner in Barnstaple

    Turner in Barnstaple

    The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

    20 July 2024 to 12 October 2024

    View details

  • I Grew Up 90s

    I Grew Up 90s

    Torquay Museum

    13 July 2024 to 09 November 2024

    View details

  • The Michelangelo Trail: A Delve Into LGBTQ Histories

    The Michelangelo Trail: A Delve Into LGBTQ Histories

    Torquay Museum

    01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024

    View details

  • Exciting new Museum displays about kite ballooning in 1917, and the Church Rocks Wreck

    Exciting new Museum displays about kite ballooning in 1917, and the Church Rocks Wreck

    Teign Heritage Centre Home to Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum

    04 July 2023 to 31 December 2024

    View details

  • Artisans of the Torbay Marble Industry

    Artisans of the Torbay Marble Industry

    Torquay Museum

    01 July 2024 to 31 December 2024

    View details

  • Planet Ocean

    Planet Ocean

    The Box, Plymouth

    16 March 2024 to 23 February 2025

    View details

  • Dartmoor: A Radical Landscape

    Dartmoor: A Radical Landscape

    Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

    19 October 2024 to 23 February 2025

    View details