We are delighted to share ‘Seascapes’, a new composition series by John Smith, created in response to the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) 2018 exhibition.


John Smith, a talented multi-instrumentalist, previously composed a selection of songs inspired by a visit to last year’s New English Art Club (NEAC) Annual Exhibition with Open Arts. John performed these songs live to an audience, during this year’s NEAC exhibition in June.

Open Arts is a community project which supports mental health through art. Ran as one of the charities managed with the Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT), Open Arts facilitate courses in visual arts, percussion, dance, drama and photography, with the aim of offering relaxing, social arts groups that offer new skills and confidence for people who have had experience with mental health problems, and also those at risk including carers.

More recently, the musician has composed a collection of songs, titled ‘Seascapes’, this time inspired by a visit to the Royal Society of Marine Artists 2018 Annual Exhibition. As before, these songs feature John’s piano playing and Rebecca Rimmington on the flute. Here John shares his creative process with us:

“The starting point for the meditative sequence, ‘Seascapes’, was a visit to the 2018 exhibition of the Royal Society of Marine Artists at Mall Galleries in London,” John explains. “I reflected on places associated with the sea that I knew from my own experience. It was the connection between the paintings and the places recollected in my mind that I had known, that provided the impetus for the music. The tone quality of the music was more a result of my subjective states of mind than representations of particular scenes.”

Though John insists that, “the moment of connection triggered by the paintings is an important part of the creative process.” After many years living by the sea at Southend, John says, “there is a certain feeling about the seascapes that is deep within me. This goes beyond dramatic expressions to a quieter presence to the scene which might explain the quietness in the mood of the music. The paintings in the exhibition marked a prompt in my mind.”

The CD is sold in aid of the Endeavour Trust, a charitable organisation set up in 2001 to restore and maintain a historic fishing boat from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England in its former glory.

Find out more about Learning at Mall Galleries here.