Mandy Barker: Altered Ocean exhibition

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Mandy Barker: Altered Ocean Exhibition

Open: 4 April - 23 June 2019. Location: RPS House, Bristol

Altered Ocean is a powerful exhibition that raises awareness about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, highlighting the effects on marine life and ultimately ourselves.

Altered Ocean documents Barker’s visual journey as a photographic artist, combining science, with the issue of marine plastic pollution. Large-scale prints from her series: INDEFINITE, SOUP, SHOAL, Hong Kong Soup 1826, Penalty, and Beyond Drifting, provide an insight into her journey and connection with the issue over the past 10 years. Supporting sketchbooks and research notes connect the relationship between the practical work and the research that informs it. Plastic and scientific samples allow the visitor to engage fully with the current critical issue of plastic pollution in our oceans.

Barker demonstrates how she presents the recovered objects with the intention to engage the viewer through aesthetics, then to shock and disturb through text and information. The achievements in relation to this work show the power of photography to communicate, educate and inform, but above all it will further help to create awareness by altering human behavior, and ultimately empower change.

Artist Bio:
Mandy Barker ARPS (b. 1964, UK) is an international award-winning photographer whose work investigates the issue of marine plastic debris. Working with scientists she aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans to highlight current research of the effects on marine life and ultimately ourselves. Her work has been exhibited globally and published in over 40 different countries.

In 2012 she was awarded the RPS / The Photographic Angle Environmental Awareness Bursary (2019 applications now open), which enabled her to sail across the North Pacific Ocean as part of a scientific research expedition to photograph recovered plastic from the tsunami debris field. In 2019 she will take part in a scientific expedition to one of the remotest locations on the planet to represent groundbreaking research in plastic pollution. #AlteredOcean

Associated events:
5 April 'When Art & Science meet Plastic'  Talk with Professor Richard Thompson OBE, Head of the International Marine Litter Research Unit at the University of Plymouth and Mandy Barker.

18 May Meet the Artist: an informal discussion with Mandy Barker about her work alongside examples of books, prints and experiments that have not previously been seen. Book online

The RPS gallery is open Thursday to Sunday and Bank Holidays:
Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm   
Bank Holidays: 10am - 5pm

Admission prices:
£7.00 Standard
Free RPS members (with valid membership card)
Free Under 18s*
£5.00 Concessions (full-time students, unemployed, over 65s, disabled and carer)*
£5.00 Attendees at a Society workshop, distinction event or other RPS House event on the day*
*proof of eligibility required

The Royal Photographic Society
RPS House
337 Paintworks
Bristol, BS4 3AR

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