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Mapping Ocean Change through Art (MOCA)

This project will take a creative and participatory-public-engagement approach to mapping the science of climate-driven impacts on marine life in the Arctic and North Atlantic. At micro and macro-scales, and from local to distant impacts, we will connect the science to the history, lived experience, and anticipated consequences for Scottish coastal communities.

Led by Jennifer Argo (artist) and Dr Neil Banas and Professor Mike Heath (University of Strathclyde), with input from freelance photographer Daniel Tulloch. POP is supporting this project through prior art-science collaborative experiences and by leading on impact evaluation. Other partners are providing guidance and linking the project to opportunities for community-based workshops and exhibitions of creative works, including Dr Alison Cathcart (University of Stirling), Cove Park and Creative Carbon Scotland.

Our art-science workshops will spur an equalising, informal, barrier-dismantling, and mutually beneficial knowledge exchange between scientists, creatives, maritime professionals and local communities. We seek to share understanding but also learn from those with lived experience of climate change, developing a mutual shift in awareness and attitudes that can underpin behaviour change. Creative outputs will also be exhibited in physical space and online, providing a space and reference point for dialogue and learning about climate change. To secure a legacy of engagement, the project will also develop creative activity packs that use craft and naturalist activities as a means for sharing information about marine impacts of climate change.

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