Sea levels are rising, climates are changing and wild places are being lost. This is an expedition for artists, storytellers, performers, musicians, writers or anyone that wants a creative adventure…
- 11 days at sea to be creative and understand our oceans
- The trip will culminate in an exhibition in the UK entitled ‘Art on the Edge’
In Guyana, a country that straddles South America and the Caribbean, eighty per cent of the population live in low-lying, coastal regions. Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, is a city below the high tide level. Whenever there is a full moon, the point when the tides are at their highest, waves frequently breach the protective sea walls of the city. Due to consistent and accelerated sea level rise, current disaster management systems are under increasing strain.
Best-case scenario, scientists predict that global sea levels will rise by approximately half a metre by 2100. Worst-case scenario, they will exceed one metre. But in Guyana, the current trajectory is exceeding worst-case predictions.
What does this mean?
For many of us, it is sometimes hard to grasp the breadth of what these communities are facing. But every one of us lives on the edge of a rising ocean. It may feel like it’s not on our doorstep, and perhaps we don’t see it so regularly but, in the US for example, sea-level rise and storm surge is placing coastal areas at increasing risk of erosion and flooding, especially along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Pacific Islands, and parts of Alaska. In the UK, more than 2.4 million properties are at risk of flooding according to the British Government, and there has been a marked increase in rising waterways and severe weather warnings, with some of the wettest months recorded over the last two years since records began.
What this means is still uncertain. We are on the edge of something huge, and our actions today have the ability to shape our future. What we need to do is connect the dots between all sectors, bringing together science, politics, arts, engineering, education, parenting, design, planning, marketing and sport to creatively address the challenges of today.
Join us this January!
On Sea Dragon in January, join a uniquely creative team of artists and scientists, attempting to engage with the vast and complex issue of climate change. Embarking on a knowledge exchange between art and science, the aim will be to learn from communities living on the edge of this change. We will explore the coast of Guyana, meet local scientists, learn to sail as we cross the ocean to Trinidad and Tobago, and experience life, and research, at sea. This expedition is a collaboration between Onca Arts and Ecology and Pangaea Explorations, both of which exist to provide venues and spaces for multidisciplinary research and exchange.
The output of this will be an exhibition, entitled ‘Art on the Edge’, enabling art and artists to communicate the work of key scientists, who are grappling with these often overwhelming and intangible global challenges.
A note on carbon footprint: Guyana and Trinidad are difficult places to get to without flying. If you can, it would be amazing if you were able to undertake part of your travel – however small – over land and sea. However, for the parts that you will have to fly, you could sign up to a carbon offsetting scheme of your choice – we recommend ClimateCare. Both Pangaea and Onca feel that each of us must be comfortable that the positive impact of our choices outweighs the negative. In addition to carbon offsetting, activities such as research, teaching, awareness raising, behavioural change and creative outputs are all steps we can take personally to raise our positive impact and play our part in redistributing the balance.
Laura Coleman – Creative Producer/ Curator
Laura Coleman is the Founder and Director of Onca, a charity inspiring creativity and positive action in the face of environmental change. Laura is based in the South East of England at the Onca Centre for Arts and Ecology, curating an ongoing programme of exhibitions, workshops and events. Laura is also a writer, teacher and explorer. Since her early twenties, she has been rescuing and rehabilitating exotic wildlife in the Bolivian Amazon. She has lived on a boatbuilding farm in the Norwegian forest, looked after donkeys, owls and vultures on a Greek island, traversed northern Spain on foot, hitched up the Amazon on a boat, led a team of artists and scientists across the Northern Atlantic to study whales and, most recently, crossed the Atlantic on Sea Dragon as part of a crew of 14 women on eXXpedition
, raising awareness for the levels of toxics and plastics in the ocean.
You can find out more information about Laura and ONCA here
“As Mission Leader, my primary goal for this expedition is to ensure that those on board are provided with opportunities to create, explore and discover. Art and science can work together in a powerful way, helping us to understand and communicate the changes that are occurring in our environment. ‘Art on the Edge’ is about travelling outside of our comfort zones, considering how to inspire positive change, both for ourselves and for our planet.”
Dr Emma Camp – Lead Scientist
Dr Emma Camp is a marine scientist who is actively involved in research, conservation, environmental management and expeditions. Emma has an honours B.Sc. from Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, USA in environmental science and chemistry and she obtain her M.Sc. in environmental management and business from Sheffield Hallam University in England. Emma completed her Ph.D. at Essex University. Her primary research areas are the impacts of climate change on coral reefs and coastal marine habitats, but she has actively been involved in numerous other research activities. Alongside her research, Emma is the managing director of her own environmental consultancy company that provide environmental management plans and impact assessments to help mitigate impacts of the environment.
This will be Emma’s first trip on board Sea Dragon although she is no stranger to boats. She has been involved in numerous research expeditions to sites across the world and is an avid SCUBA diver and underwater photographer. Her pictures have received international attention and have been published online by National Geographic. Emma is a PADI Dive Master with more than 2000 dives, she holds a Marine Radio Operator Permit, has her RYA Power Boat Level 2 certification and is Emergency First Response trained. Emma has been appointed as an Ambassador for Global Biodiversity by the charity IBEX Earth and received the conservation scholarship from the Women’s Diving Hall of Fame.
Eric Loss – Skipper
A native of California, Eric has been on the water since an early age. He has sailed more than 55,000 offshore miles, and has sailed everything from windsurfers to 115′ schooners, and recently he completed a single-handed circumnavigation by way of the great capes. He enjoys teaching all aspects of sailing, from boat handling and dinghy racing to navigation and seamanship. He is always eager to share his knowledge of celestial navigation. Eric has been involved in sail training for most of his life, and is an US Sailing instructor. He holds an IYT Master of Yachts Ocean with commercial endorsement and a USCG 100 ton master’s license. Eric is also an experienced diver and PADI Divemaster.
Shanley Mcentee – First Mate
Shanley was born and raised in San Diego, CA and graduated with a BA in Environmental Policy and a minor in Environmental Science from Western Washington University. Having grown up by the sea, she holds a deep passion for Mother Ocean and our ever-growing need for protection and awareness of the problems our environment is facing. She enjoys anything having to do with the sea, from surfing to scuba diving to sailing, and loves offshore passages. She is PADI Rescue Diver certified and holds an IYT Master of Yachts Offshore with commercial endorsement.
Megan Evans – Deckhand
Megan was born and raised in Wales, UK and was on the water from a young age. The marine and coastal environment has played a huge part in her life learning to sail at age 7 she took that onto compete internationally representing Wales and Great Britain. Megan is a qualified sailing instructor having worked at home and in the UAE and spends most free time surfing, wake boarding and windsurfing. Recently graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of the West of England Megan is now keen to take this onto a career in marine research and conservation to help protect the environment she is most passionate about to ensure irreversible damage is not done.
2nd Jan – All crew arrive on board Sea Dragon at midday for welcome briefing
3rd – 4th Jan – Local exploration around Guyana, meeting with local experts. Exact details TBC.
5th Jan – Safety briefing and set sail towards Trinidad and Tobago
6th – 7th Jan – Life on open ocean. Enjoying discussions and workshops lead by Laura Coleman.
8th Jan – Arrive in Tobago
9th-10th Jan – Explore the Caribbean shores of Tobago
11th Jan – Sail from Tobago to Trinidad
12th Jan – All crew depart the vessel in Trinidad at midday
*Itinerary subject to change due to weather and saying yes to spontaneous opportunities