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Rising Tide: Art and Environment in Oceania

12 Aug 2023 - 14 Apr 2024

Exhibition Gallery 2, Level 3


A man from Oceania dramatically poses on a beach covered in a shallow layer of water and seaweed. Throwing his head back and striking a 'warrior pose', his long braided hair, traditional dyed cloth wrapping below his waist, and the boat paddle he holds make him seem powerful and heroic.

© One of a series of images entitled 'Raise A Paddle' by Fenton Lutunatabua. © Fenton Lutunatabua /

© One of a series of images entitled 'Raise A Paddle' by Fenton Lutunatabua. © Fenton Lutunatabua /

Delve into the most important and pressing issue of our time, humanity’s damaging relationship with planet Earth.

This urgent issue is felt especially deeply in Australia and the Pacific Islands where sea levels are rising due to climate change and the oceans are filling with plastic.

Rising Tide considers our relationship to the natural environment through contemporary responses to climate change and plastic waste by Indigenous Australian and Pacific Islander artists. Master fisherman Anthony C Guerrero's contemporary woven baskets made from plastic construction strapping found on his local beach in Guam will be on display. The exhibition hosts the latest version of artist George Nuku’s installation, Bottled Ocean 2123, which imagines the state of the oceans 100 years into the future in an immersive, undersea landscape crafted from single use plastic bottles.

Rising Tide also features historical material from National Museums Scotland's collections, such as spear points from the Kimberley region of Western Australia made by Aboriginal men from discarded glass bottles.

The vulnerabilities of Oceanic countries to climate change will be highlighted, whilst showcasing the strength and resilience of their diverse communities.

Bottled Ocean 2123

Find out more about George Nuku's installation. Video produced by Chocolate Films.


Rising Tide Resources

In 2019, Scotland declared a climate emergency. What can I do? Discover helpful resources on how you can get politically active and help to reduce your carbon footprint and the amount of single-use plastic in the environment.

Rising Tide: What can I do?
Five visitors look at shelves of agates in our Natural World galleries.

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