In popular imagination sharks are the epitome of the dangerous animal. However, the statistics tell a different story:
The Sydney exhibition which is open and free to the public, features works by more than 30 artists from around the world. The exhibition includes a new Australian dimension – works by Australian Indigenous artists that explore sharks as totems and our relationship to them, alongside photographs and artefacts from leading ocean environmentalist Valerie Taylor, who with her late husband Ron Taylor, transformed themselves from spear fishers to shark protectors.
Austrailian National Maritime Museum
“We kill millions of sharks every year. Today many species are under severe threat. Sharks are long-lived and slow to reproduce. When species are decimated, they are slow to recover, even when environmental action plans are in place.”
Valerie Taylor – Shark expert, diver, conservationist
Austrailian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, 11th Dec 2018 – 2nd June 2019
Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Hong Kong, June 2017
Parkview Square, Singapore, March 2017
National Museum of China, Beijing, August 2015 – Septemeber 2015
Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow, May 2015 – June 2015
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Monaco, June 2014 – March 2015
We handed out surveys at the National Museum of China to gauge people’s reaction to the artworks. Check out the results below:
Exciting news: The On Sharks & Humanity documentary will premier this Saturday at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit!
The Ωceans exhibition closed on September 25. We wanted to show just how effective art exhibitions can be in terms of engaging people with environmental debates.