Human Aquarium exhibition has its roots in Bramley

Human Aquarium, by Tom Martin

The Human Aquarium is a brand new exhibition premiering on Tuesday, 15th February in Leeds, writes Lucy Meredith.

The exhibition looks at the world through the eyes of sea mammals. Using Mer-folk in place of marine mammals – and partly shot at Bramley Baths – it delves into the world of aquariums and their inhabitants.

What it is like to spend your life in a tank?

For the animals still in their natural habitat, the world’s oceans, what effect are single-use plastics having on their home? And why should we care?

Despite the success of documentaries such as ‘Blackfish’ and ‘Blue Planet’ that provide
information about captivity, single-use plastics and recycling, do we really know what we are buying into? Whether it’s purchasing a disposable bottle of water or a ticket to a marine park, do we consider how our choices affect the planet?

The Human Aquarium is a free, family friendly and thought provoking, interactive event. Our volunteers will engage with the public and discuss these hot topics, present sustainable alternatives and provide opportunities to learn about more ethical choices.

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Photo: Mermaids at Bramley Baths. Photo: Lizzie Coombes

The exhibition

Dates: 15th – 28th February 2019
Location: St John’s shopping Centre, Leeds City Centre

The Human Aquarium team will be taking over an empty shop unit to replicate an aquarium and all things aquatic in Leeds city centre!

The exhibition will contain thought provoking photography, artworks, installations, films and interactive activities developed by local Leeds artists and activists.

During the exhibition we will be creating a sculpture from single use plastics that the public are invited to come along and add to.

On 22nd Feb 6-9pm we will host an evening of environmental themed talks from some inspirational organisations;

The World Cetacean Alliance
Plastic-Free Me
Greenpeace Leeds
Love the Oceans
Zero Waste Leeds
The Real Junk Food Project

There will also be a variety of free, family friendly workshops including:

Mermaid Mondays
Dolphin Scramble
Ocean Plastics Fish Making
Sculpting The Future
The Forever Octopus

Please see our website for workshop, event details and opening times.

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