Join artist Rosie Sherwood as she discusses her role as the UK’s first Blue Carbon Artist in Residence, the creation of The Seagrass Walk, and the importance of collaborative, environmental art.
The Seagrass Walk, an immersive installation at the National Marine Aquarium is a blue carbon-inspired exhibit that, informed by scientific research, showcases seagrass – the ocean’s wonder plant. Using photography, video, light art, and sculpture, the work raises awareness about seagrass and its immense benefits in the fight against the climate crisis. Seagrasses are among the worlds most threatened ecosystems. Here in the UK, we are losing seagrass meadows at an alarming rate., with approximately 500 hectares per year lost mainly due to avoidable human activity. The Seagrass Walkwas funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and created in collaboration with the University of Plymouth, the Ocean Conservation Trust, Plymouth City Council, and Ocean Plastic Technologies.
Rosie Sherwood is an artist and writer whose interdisciplinary practise focuses on the environment, conservation, and the climate crisis. Her work sits at the vanguard of a growing movement that draws together environmental sciences and arts. Her most recent work, The Seagrass Walk, is a multimedia installation for the National Marine Aquarium. The project was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and created in collaboration with Plymouth University and the Ocean Conservation Trust. Other on-going work includes Forged: Somewhere Between…, a photographic and sculpture-based project examining the 6th mass extinction, and An Ever Moving Now, a photobook exploring rewilding and our relationship with nature. Sherwood has work in national and international collections including Tate, the British Library, and The National Art Library, Australia. She has been published on a range of subjects, was a finalist in the National Sculpture Prize (2018) and has undertaken multiple artist residencies.