Tate St Ives Film

Film For Friday Singing For The Sea

Bethan Huws, Singing for the Sea 1993. Tate. © Bethan Huws.
Photo: Kirstin Prisk.

Join us in this series of films with themes from the artwork on display

Our Film For Friday in September is Singing for the Sea by Bethan Huws.

Shot in the summer of 1993, the film documents a group of eight female Bulgarian singers performing on a beach in Alnwick, Northumberland, on the coast of the North Sea.

In traditional Bulgarian costume, the women – known collectively as the Bistrista Babi (or Bistrista Grandmothers) – are seen singing and dancing at the water’s edge. Sequences of the performance are juxtaposed with close-ups of the ebbing tide, but the film was otherwise shot and edited with a minimum of filmic effects.

Co-commissioned by Artangel and Antwerp 93, the film was the result of a performance, organised by Huws together with Artangel, titled Concert for the Sea, which took place at high tide in front of a live audience over three consecutive evenings in July 1993.

Co-commissioned by Artangel and Antwerp 93.

Tate St Ives

Foyle Studio, Level 3

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
Plan your visit


6 September 2019 at 10.00–16.00

13 September 2019 at 10.00–16.00

20 September 2019 at 10.00–16.00

Screenings are continuous throughout the day