Fenton Lutunatabua, Raise A Paddle, series © Fenton Lutunatabua / 350.org
Rising Tide: Art and Environment in Oceania
Aug 12, 2023 – Apr 14, 2024
National Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Delve into the most important and pressing issue of our time, humanity’s damaging relationship with planet Earth. This urgent issue is felt especially deeply in Australia and the Pacific Islands where sea levels are rising due to climate change and the oceans are filling with plastic.

Rising Tide considers our relationship to the natural environment through contemporary responses to climate change and plastic waste by Indigenous Australian and Pacific Islander artists. Master fisherman Anthony C Guerrero’s contemporary woven baskets made from plastic construction strapping found on his local beach in Guam will be on display. The exhibition hosts the latest version of artist George Nuku’s installation, Bottled Ocean 2123, which imagines the state of the oceans 100 years into the future in an immersive, undersea landscape crafted from single use plastic bottles.

Rising Tide also features historical material from National Museums Scotland’s collections, such as spear points from the Kimberley region of Western Australia made by Aboriginal men from discarded glass bottles. The vulnerabilities of Oceanic countries to climate change will be highlighted, whilst showcasing the strength and resilience of their diverse communities.

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