Highlighting the crucial role the oceans play in our belonging

How the UQ Arts Museum is helping us to appreciate the issues surrounding the health and sustainability of our oceans.
New Mineral Collective - Pleasure Prospects. Photo courtesy of the artists

The University of Queensland (UQ) Art Museum’s latest exhibition, Mare Amoris (Sea of Love) is the third in a larger series, defined as a thematic research arc, called Blue Assembly. The previous contributions in 2022, entitled Oceanic Thinking, were two separate exhibitions, one after the other across the year, representing different artists but with the same theme.

Directly reflecting on the watery spaces of our world, artists were asked to explore the perspectives of past and present while speculating on what a future lived in partnership with the oceans may look like. Mare Amoris takes a more personal and individual standpoint, examining our individual cultural links to the oceans by allowing artists to give voice, language and form to their unique sense of storytelling, memories and knowledge.

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Suzannah Conway is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She is a freelance arts writer and has been writing reviews and articles for over 20 years, regularly reviewing classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals. Most recently she was Arts Hub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer.