BLUE MINDS Festival, celebrating artists inspired by the sea June 24th-July 6th

Scientists and artists alike, are constantly scrutinizing, recording, and researching the connectivity of life. Scientists give us the facts, but maybe art has the power to shift minds and turn the tide of inaction, to show how creative thinking in ocean conservation can give us hope for a sustainable future.

"Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bit you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.” Sylvia Earle, Blue Marine Foundation Ambassador Blue Minds, an artist-led collective comprising 26 world-leading contemporary creatives, frames the ocean as an endless source of inspiration and highlights why a healthy ocean matters. This fully immersive show offers soundscapes, photography, installations, paintings, wearable art brands, ceramics, films, sculptures, workshops, talks, interactive media and discussion rooms. Inspired by the tireless work of marine biologists and in association with the Blue Marine Foundation, Blue Minds exhibition makes explicit the mutuality artists share with scientists. Both have a deep, constant observation of their subject; both are seeking to make us aware of problems like over-fishing and pollution, and both use creativity to find solutions and give us hope. Whilst science gives us the tools to understand the complexity behind the beauty of nature’s integrated systems – such as the ocean’s “hope spots documented in the film Blue Mission – art enables us to express our feelings about the world and provides a point of connection for the viewer.

Blue Minds features a stellar lineup of artists, co-curated by AH studios, Julia Campbell-Carter and Nico Earle including: Mariele Neudecker, Anne de Carbuccia, Andrea Hamilton, Marcus Lyon, Emma Critchley, Bridget Smith, Gregor Hildebrandt, Callum Innes, Phillip Hunt, Carola Dixon, Gideon Rubin, Anna Barriball, Emma Elliott, Kate Braine, Renelio Marin, Jordi Raga, Crystal Fischetti, Karolina Woolf and Dawit Abebe. Fresh from the successful Light Works show at AH Studio, they are joined by painter Aigana Gali, and fine wearable art by Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery, with Maya Sanbar creating an immersive experience for this show and Stories of Art who will be providing two lectures. What these artists share is a love for our blue spaces, and a commitment to documenting or responding to what is unseen or hidden from the public.

  • 24 June: Opening 25 June, 11.30am: Curatorial conversation with artists Emma Critchley & Mariele Neudecker, 28 June, 11am: Stories of Art with Elisabetta Cipriani Wearable Art 29 June, 11am: Talk with Emma Elliot 29 June, 5pm: Blue Marine Foundation Event / Talk with Jasmine Harrison about her astonishing row across the Atlantic in support of the Blue Marine Foundation in February. Sponsored by Catherine Prevost and Chene Bleu 30 June: Stories of Art talk 1 July, 5pm-7pm: Ben Goldsmith CEO Menhaden can Co Founder of WHEB Group 2 July, 12 noon: Talk with artist Marcus Lyon 5 July: Art Experiences Workshop 6 July: Art Experiences Workshop

BLUE MINDS Gallery, 127 Sloane Street, SW1 X9AS

June 24th - 6th July BLUE MINDS Gallery, 127 Sloane Street, SW1 X9AS BLUE MINDS Screenings at AH Studio, 68 Kinnerton Street, SW1 X8ER In association with the Blue Marine Foundation 15% of proceeds from Blue Minds exhibition will go to the Blue Marine Foundation


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The Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) is a charity dedicated to restoring the ocean to health by addressing overfishing, one of the world’s biggest environmental problems. The ocean is the world’s largest carbon sink: by combatting overfishing, we can help life in the ocean perform its vital function of stabilising the Earth’s climate.

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