Art for the Ocean

June 11 2020 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Art, in all its forms, has an important role to play in global decisions about integrated and inclusive ocean governance. Creative practices offer opportunities to share multiple conceptions and values of the sea, providing an outlet for the views of groups that are often under-represented in conventional approaches to ocean science and management.

As a form of mass communication, art is a means of exchanging world-views and presents an active domain that has the ability to reach international agencies and marginalised communities alike. This webinar brings together creative practitioners to discuss the means by which art can transfer knowledge, democratise international debates and transcend dogmatic policy implementation. It will consist of artist practitioners active in this field across multiple global regions presenting on their work as well as taking part in a Q&A.

The panel will also have representatives from the UK based One Ocean Hub arts-based research programme that is specifically promoting community based arts activity as a means of influencing ocean governance in Africa and the South Pacific.



George Nuku. Carver, Aotearoa New Zealand

George Nuku is a Māori artist who, for the past 33 years, has worked in stone, bone, wood, shell, polystyrene & plexiglass. He carries the art traditions of his people, handed down for thousands of years, that promise to expand life and enhance survival. For the past 6 years his installation projects titled 'Bottled Ocean' have toured the world, both presenting and collaborating with institutions and communities globally. George is of Māori, Scot and German descent.


Ronny Kareni. Musician, West Papua

Ronny Kareni is a West Papuan musician and activist, and for the last 10 years, a community youth engagement worker in Australia. He graduated in diplomacy studies at the Australian National University, is co-founder of Rize of the Morning Star, a cultural and musical movement, and a representative of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.


Rose Boswell. Poet, South Africa

Rosabelle (Rose) Boswell is a poet and anthropologist who was born on the island of Mauritius in the southwest Indian Ocean Region. She is a South African National Research Foundation (NRF) Rated Researcher and Professor of Ocean Cultures and Heritage at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa.


Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Visual artist, Canada

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is confident that diversity and hybridity are evolutionary strengths common to all members of a species. This may go some distance in explaining why he likes to muck about in all sorts of art practices from politics to sculpture, Haida manga books and murals to opera librettos, then again maybe he just can’t stay focused.


  • Discuss the role of art in formulating integrated and inclusive ocean governance policies
  • Discuss the role of art in knowledge exchange about the sea
  • Exchange worldviews relating to the relationship between art and the ocean
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