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Art Exhibition to Celebrate Wales: 'Year of the Sea' at Milford Waterfront

9th August 2018
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"Small Wonders" by Internationally published artist Karen Ingham who is to hold an exhibition 'Deluge' later this month in Milford Haven, south Wales. Deluge will depict the impact human activities are having on the planet’s ecosystem. "Small Wonders" by Internationally published artist Karen Ingham who is to hold an exhibition 'Deluge' later this month in Milford Haven, south Wales. Deluge will depict the impact human activities are having on the planet’s ecosystem. Photo: Port of Milford Haven -facebook

#MarineWildlife - Internationally published artist Karen Ingham will be holding an exhibition at Milford Waterfront, south Wales later this month depicting the impact human activities are having on the planet’s ecosystem.

The exhibition ‘Deluge’ to be staged between 14th- 28th August, will use photography, film and digital textiles. It will feature microscopic imagery and structures of plankton, the behaviour of pollinating insects and the movement of the oceans, highlighting the interconnections of the local and global environment.

Professor Karen Ingham is a Professor of Art, Science and Technology Interactions, an Honorary Interdisciplinary Research Fellow at Swansea College of Art UWTSD and an Honorary Fellow at Swansea University Medical School.

Tourism Manager at the Port of Milford Haven Karen Lewis is delighted to be welcoming Karen to Milford Waterfront, commenting “To have such a highly acclaimed artist exhibiting here is a privilege. The pieces are truly unique and I’m sure lots of visitors will be admiring her work over the next couple of weeks.”

Karen Ingham is looking forward to the exhibition at Milford Waterfront. She said “2018 is the Year of the Sea in Wales and Deluge responds to this by introducing a new body of work that relates the crucial role plankton plays in stabilising oceanic temperatures and climate change. Collaborating with Swansea University I’ve concentrated on phytoplankton which is used as a living dye and applied to digital fabric designs and prints in order to create a kind of organic time lapse. Phytoplankton is light sensitive and the subtle colours change and break down over time. In this way they act as a kind of allegory for what is happening globally in our seas and oceans.”

The Deluge exhibition takes place between 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday in the Link Building, 8 Temeraire House, Milford Marina, SA73 3AF.

Entry is free and booking is not required.

Marine Wildlife Around Ireland One of the greatest memories of any day spent boating around the Irish coast is an encounter with marine wildlife.  It's a thrill for young and old to witness seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales right there in their own habitat. As boaters fortunate enough to have experienced it will testify even spotting a distant dorsal fin can be the highlight of any day afloat.  Was that a porpoise? Was it a whale? No matter how brief the glimpse it's a privilege to share the seas with Irish marine wildlife.

Thanks to the location of our beautiful little island, perched in the North Atlantic Ocean there appears to be no shortage of marine life to observe.

From whales to dolphins, seals, sharks and other ocean animals this page documents the most interesting accounts of marine wildlife around our shores. We're keen to receive your observations, your photos, links and youtube clips.

Boaters have a unique perspective and all those who go afloat, from inshore kayaking to offshore yacht racing that what they encounter can be of real value to specialist organisations such as the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) who compile a list of sightings and strandings. The IWDG knowledge base has increased over the past 21 years thanks in part at least to the observations of sailors, anglers, kayakers and boaters.

Thanks to the IWDG work we now know we share the seas with dozens of species who also call Ireland home. Here's the current list: Atlantic white-sided dolphin, beluga whale, blue whale, bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin, Cuvier's beaked whale, false killer whale, fin whale, Gervais' beaked whale, harbour porpoise, humpback whale, killer whale, minke whale, northern bottlenose whale, northern right whale, pilot whale, pygmy sperm whale, Risso's dolphin, sei whale, Sowerby's beaked whale, sperm whale, striped dolphin, True's beaked whale and white-beaked dolphin.

But as impressive as the species list is the IWDG believe there are still gaps in our knowledge. Next time you are out on the ocean waves keep a sharp look out!

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