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On Sharks and Humanity

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FREE exhibition on sharks and humanity
This is a FREE exhibition opens on 11th December 2018 and goes right through to 2nd June 2019. These are great dates as it gives so many people a chance to go see this excellent exhibition!



Opening hours for the exhibition are 9.30 am until 5.00 pm with a 6.00 pm closing during the month of January, and they are open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day. It is e situated right on Darling Harbour, on the Pyrmont side, at 2 Murray St, Sydney.

On 11th December, you will have a unique opportunity to hear from the artists in person. On Sharks & Humanity is a thought-provoking undertaking of Chinese contemporary and Australian Indigenous art. It is all about the very timely issues surrounding shark conservation.

Internationally renowned curator Huang Du, with a panel of seven international artists, will be in Sydney for the launch of this stunning exhibition. On the panel will be Wang Luyan, Ling Jian, Zheng Lu, Li Jiwei, Gao Xiaowu, Ren Zhe and Zheng Lu.

For more information on each of these speakers, please click on this link.

Join in for this fascinating discussion covering the social, creative practice and engagement " with the issues of commerce and conservation through spectacular sculpture and installation works." This will be held on 11th December 2018, from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm, and you can make your bookings for this FREE event here.



The internationally acclaimed curator Huang Du has made On Sharks & Humanity available to the public and it is a thought-provoking contemporary art exhibition about shark protection. It showcases work from some of China's leading edge artists. The Sydney exhibition will also feature works by Australian Indigenous artists and these will explore sharks as totems and our relationship to them.

As well as this, there will be photos alongside each exhibition and artefacts from leading ocean environmentalist Valerie Taylor. Valerie, together with her late husband, Ron Taylor, had an interest in spearfishing and then turned this interest into protecting sharks.

Valerie has stated that "We kill millions of sharks every year. Today many species are under severe threat. Sharks are long-lived and slow to reproduce. When species are decimated, they are slow to recover, even when environmental action plans are in place." Valerie Taylor is now a shark expert, diver, conservationist.

On Sharks & Humanity was conceived by Parkview Arts Action China and launched in Monaco in 2014. Since its inception, it has now visited Moscow, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Volunteer Exhibition Officers Wanted
They are always seeking volunteers with a background in visual arts or ocean sciences to assist with On Sharks & Humanity. If you are interested in helping out here, please go to this link. You will be needed to help with the guided tours, talks and art-making programs.

Please note: This exhibition uses art to raise awareness of the threats to the shark population. Several artworks in these exhibitions will show films containing photos of hooked or dead sharks and the practice of shark finning - some visitors might find these images disturbing and parental guidance is recommended when viewing them.

Also, one film features nudity and this is in a separate room of its own with a parental guidance sign outside.
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Why? For a talk and exhibition on sharks
When: 11th December 2018 to 2nd June 2019
Where: Darling Harbour, 2 Murray Street, Sydney, MSW, 2000
Cost: FREE with entry fees
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