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Altered Ocean - Mandy Barker at Royal Photographic Society

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Altered Ocean - Mandy Barker


Image SOUP: Burnt © Mandy Barker

Altered Ocean is a powerful exhibition that raises awareness about plastic pollution in the world's oceans, highlighting the effects on marine life and ultimately ourselves

Mandy Barker (b. 1964, UK) is an international award-winning photographer whose work investigates the issue of marine plastic debris. Working with scientists she aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the world's oceans to highlight current research of the effects on marine life and ultimately ourselves. Her work has been exhibited globally and published in over 40 different countries.

In 2012 she was awarded the RPS / The Photographic Angle Environmental Awareness Bursary, which enabled her to sail across the North Pacific Ocean as part of a scientific research expedition to photograph recovered plastic from the tsunami debris field. In 2019 she will take part in a scientific expedition to one of the remotest locations on the planet to represent groundbreaking research in plastic pollution.

The exhibition, Altered Ocean, documents Barker's visual journey as a photographic artist combining science, with the issue of marine plastic pollution. Large-scale prints from her series: INDEFINITE, SOUP, SHOAL, Hong Kong Soup 1826, Penalty, and Beyond Drifting, provide an insight into her journey and connection with the issue over the past 10 years. Supporting sketchbooks and research notes connect the relationship between the practical work and the research that informs it. Plastic and scientific samples allow the visitor to engage fully with the current critical issue of plastic pollution in our oceans.


Open Thursday 10am-6pm
Friday 11am-7pm
Weekends 10am-5pm


Standard admission £7 
Concession £5 
Under 18's free 
Groups of 10 or more pre-booked £45

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337-340 Paintworks
Arnos Vale

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 325733

Opening Times

Dates: (4 Apr 2019 - 23 June 2019)

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