The Deep News - September 2018



17th September 2018

The Deep’s reception is adorned with the striking, yet devastating, image of plastic pollution and the effects that it is having on our oceans and the coastal environment.

Depicted through the stunning works of local artist, Nikita Spires, she has managed to capture the dramatic statement of a ‘throw-away society’ in a bold and thought provoking artwork titled: One Use, No Life.

Nikita was born in South Africa and raised in the UK. She has grown up with memories of swimming in seas across the world; creating a lasting connection with the ocean.

Nikita explains “I was inspired to create this piece after hearing parents explaining the impacts of plastics in the ocean to their children, right here at The Deep. Plastics linger in the ocean for thousands of years. As they break down, they are working their way into the food chain, and without knowing it, we too are consuming it. I go to the beach to find calmness, to heal, but recently I found that the ocean itself needs to heal and needs a break from us…..”

Having studied art for her GCSE and A Levels she is now undertaking an Art Diploma. She has a vision to leave a lasting impression on the world through her creativity. Although forever encouraged by family and friends, she has already experienced adversity from others. But she won’t let this dampen her spirits. Her sheer determination to fulfil her goal is nothing short of inspirational. This is just the beginning of her journey.

Nikita has also recently contributed to the Tide and Bell #200fish project which saw 200 artists come together to raise awareness of the incredible biodiversity within the North Sea. Artworks were created to highlight 200 species of fish found within the temperate North Sea habitat.

To follow Nikita’s work, you can find her on Instagram at @nikita.spires

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Science Festival Success

13th September 2018

The British Science Festival, Europe’s longest standing science Festival has been taking place in Hull and the Humber this week and we were very excited to host 'The Deep Late', attracting over 1,000 people. 

Visitors were able to view the exhibits after hours and interact with Deep experts as well as a number of external organisations including Hull University, the University of York, Zoological Society of London and the University of Plymouth.

20 stands were placed around the building, each with their own expert on topics such as coral reefs and their fight for survival, how animals use bio-luminescence within the oceans, the evolution and bio-medical uses of toxins and venoms and how fish communicate under water.

Highlights of the nights included a pioneering study to measure the postive impacts of aquariums on mental health and well being and CSI of the sea, featuring a live dissection of a Harbour porpoise exploring why cetaceans strand around the UK’s coast.

It's been a fantastic week so far, and there are still more events to see. All are free to attend and you can see a full list of what is still to come here!

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