2021 Festival 8-18 July

Our Ocean: Bringing Climate Data to Life
Teens |Adults


The oceans are at the heart of our warming planet, with long-term changes underway that are radically altering the marine environment, and threatening species that we treasure locally. Unlike plastic pollution and industrial fishing, many of these changes are not so clearly visible to most of us, yet they are even more serious. If these changes were more visible, would that strengthen collective ambition to tackle our ocean climate crisis?

We invite you to join us for a two-part workshop to create a sequence of stories and artworks, celebrating our local marine life whilst also raising awareness of climate impacts on these species. As part of the New Zealand International Science Festival, our first workshop will explore some of the latest ocean climate data collected in New Zealand. This will be interactive, guided by climate scientist and science communicator, Dr Cathy Cole from the University of Otago. We invite you to transform this data into something more powerful, with greater meaning, drawing on your own experiences and knowledge of life in our oceans, from plankton to penguins, snails to seabirds, krill to kina.

Our second workshop will be held later in the year at the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre in Portobello (transport provided from Dunedin). This will be a chance to turn your ideas into artworks using any creative medium you like - photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, computer graphics, poetry, short stories, we welcome it all!

For adults, this second workshop will be Saturday 18th September 10am - 4pm.

For school students, this second workshop will be Wednesday 13th October 10am – 4pm.

We will showcase the resulting artworks in a published calendar for 2022 that tracks marine wildlife events over the year, whilst also bringing marine climate data to life.

These workshops are part of a University of Otago research project, seeking to understand how immersion in creating artwork about climate data affects participants connection and engagement with that data.

Participants must be aged 16+, with an interest in the oceans, who are able to attend the second workshop in September/October, as above.

Note: There are two different sessions aimed at different age groups. Please ensure you select tickets for the correct time.

2-4pm: Teens (16+, parents welcome to attend with their child)
6-8pm: Adults

This event will be held in the Dunningham Suite, on the 4th floor of the Dunedin Public Library.

Catering and koha will be provided.

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