Shezad Dawood
2017 03 29 04 17 08 1

Shezad Dawood’s (b. 1974, London) multi-media works are inspired by his varied cultural heritage, having a Pakistani mother, an Indian father and an Irish stepmother. This is mirrored in his interest in multiple art forms, and the systems which society uses to judge their value. Produced by Plymouth Arts Centre, in partnership with the Atlantic Project, Leviathan is a site-specific installation at the Dome, on Plymouth Hoe, incorporating a series of films, intertwining themes of migration, mental health and marine welfare, including an episode made in Plymouth. Developed in dialogue with a wide range of marine biologists, oceanographers, political scientists, neurologists and trauma specialists, Leviathan explores the notions of marine welfare, migration and mental health, and their possible interconnections.

The Dome

Plymouth Dome was built in 1988 as a new museum and tourist attraction, with a variety of themed galleries covering the history of Plymouth, as well as two observation galleries overlooking Plymouth Sound. The Queen visited the building on 20 July 1988, unveiling a plaque to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the defeat of the Spanish Armada. The museum operated from 1989 to 2006, when it was closed by the city council due to falling visitor numbers. It re-opened as a restaurant in 2013.