Ocean Week


TBA21–Academy’s Ocean Week is timed to coincide with the first ever United Nations Ocean Conference, held in New York on June 5–9, 2017 to support the implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14) – to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.

SDG14’s successful implementation depends upon new kinds of platforms that engage people at all levels. Art has always been on the frontline of revolutions; it builds communities while moving us to shift perspectives and see things anew. While art does not claim to be the solution, it can draw us closer to one as part of its creative process. It is a connective force that can weave exploration, science, law, ancient knowledge and other spheres together to rekindle our relationship with the ocean.

The ocean is a giant interconnected ecosystem on which we depend for so many things and it is vital that we feel compelled to act in aid of it, and that we believe we have the agency to do so. TBA21–Academy’s Ocean Week draws together some of the brightest minds from across the disciplines of art, exploration and science to open up our curiosity about this largely unknown entity, and to encourage action rather than words.




Monday June 5, 2017, 2–6pm

Tuesday June 6, 2017, 2–4pm

A Contemporary Exploration – The Explorers Club x TBA21–Academy

During the first two days of the UN Ocean Conference, some of the world’s leading figures from the worlds of art, science, exploration and conservation will transform the Explorers Club into a space of inspiration and collaboration; using immersive elements, storytelling and performance to discuss many of today’s big ocean-related issues. Find out more here.



Thursday June 8, 2017, 1–2pm

Ocean Calling – A Performance by Laura Anderson Barbata

Commissioned by TBA21–Academy for World Oceans Day 2017, Laura Anderson Barbata’s work Ocean Calling charts the physical and emotional relationship to life in our ocean and the urgent need for collective transformation. This storied performance will take place in the plaza in front of the United Nations Headquarters. Find out more here.