Yorkshire Life Aquatic: The Human Aquarium

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WCA Partner Yorkshire Life Aquatic’s The Human Aquarium is a brand new exhibition premiering on 15 February in Leeds, UK.

The exhibition looks at the world through the eyes of sea mammals. Using Mer-folk in place of marine mammals, it delves into the world of aquariums and their inhabitants and asks what is it 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. Volunteers will engage with the public and discuss these hot topics, present sustainable alternatives and provide opportunities to learn about more ethical choices.

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

On 22nd February between 6 and 9pm the team will also be hosting an evening of environmental talks from some inspirational organisations including:

  • 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

More detail on the workshops, event details and opening times can be found at the Human Aquarium website.

Header image: Tom Martin


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