Human Aquarium bring the oceans to Leeds

Are you looking for something different during half term? The Human Aquarium is a brand new exhibition premiering on Friday 15 February 2019 in Leeds.

The exhibition looks at the world through the eyes of sea mammals. Using Mer-folk in place of marine mammals, it delves into the world of aquariums, their inhabitants.

What it is like to spend your life in a tank?

For the animals still in their natural habitat, the world’s oceans, what effect are single-use plastics having on their home? And why should we care?

Despite the success of documentaries such as ‘Blackfish’ and ‘Blue Planet’ that provide information about captivity, single-use plastics and recycling, do we really know what we are buying into? Whether it’s purchasing a disposable bottle of water or a ticket to a marine park, do we consider how our choices affect the planet?

The Human Aquarium is a free, family friendly and thought provoking, interactive event. Our volunteers will engage with the public and discuss these hot topics, present sustainable alternatives and provide opportunities to learn about more ethical choices.

The exhibition runs from 15–28 February 2019 at St John’s Shopping Centre, Leeds City Centre

The Human Aquarium team will be taking over an empty shop unit to replicate an aquarium and all things aquatic in Leeds City Centre!

The exhibition will contain thought provoking photography, artworks, installations, films and interactive activities developed by local Leeds artists and activists.

During the exhibition we will be creating a sculpture from single use plastics that the public are invited to come along and add to.

On Friday 22 February from 6-9pm we will host an evening of environmental themed talks from some inspirational organisations:

There will also be a variety of free, family friendly workshops including:

  • Mermaid Mondays
  • Dolphin Scramble
  • Ocean Plastics Fish Making
  • Sculpting The Future The Forever Octopus

Please see our website for workshop, event details & opening times:


This post is based on a press release issued by Yorkshire Life Aquatic

Photo: Tom Martin


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