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Ocean Visuals Exhibition

29 March - 7 April

To launch the Australian Ocean Visuals initiative visitors are invited to a free exhibition on the Western Broadwalk. Go on a visual journey into the critical but often poorly understood connections between climate change and oceans. 

There is a major gap in climate and ocean imagery that can truly engage people, despite so many people’s lived experiences of climate extremes linked to coastlines and oceans. Ocean-climate photography in Australia is dominated by underwater shots of marine biodiversity or lamenting the tragic loss of emblematic reefs. Yet most of the severe climate impact stories of Australia are in bushfires, floods, and extreme weather - often in areas underpinned by coastal livelihoods.

The exhibition showcases the Ocean Visuals collection - generated through a global call inviting any amateur or professional photographers to apply. The collection of 93 images provides new and compelling visual stories of climate change causes, impacts, solutions, resilience, and justice. 

From Australia to the Pacific Islands, to India, Norway, Mexico, and more, the images tell powerful stories, rooted in human lives, cultures, and experiences, about the critical interconnectedness of ocean health and climate change. 

This is a free event Running from 29 March - 7 April

The exhibtion will be on the Western Broadwalk for everyone to experience. 

This exhibition is recommended for all ages

Ocean Visuals is a family friendly exhibition for all ages to enjoy

Teenagers riding bicycles on the beach next to the destroyed apartment blocks of the so-called 2nd Base, an area of Oktyabrsky Settlement, Kamchatka. Image: Vlad Sokhin

Climate Outreach

Climate Outreach is passionate about widening and deepening public engagement with climate change. Through their audience research, practical guides and consultancy services, they help organisations engage diverse audiences beyond the usual suspects. Climate Outreach focus on building and sustaining cross-societal support for climate action, overcoming political polarisation, and turning concern into action. 

Run by Climate Outreach, Climate Visuals is the world’s only evidence-based programme for climate change photography. Together with a team of social scientists and communication specialists Climate Visuals work to widen and deepen public engagement with climate change. 

A blue sea star (Linckia laevigata) photographed on a largely dead reef on the Coral Coast on Fiji's largest island, Viti Levu. The damage to the reef is likely caused by a number of stressors, including prolonged water temperatures, storm surges and fertiliser input from agriculture on land, as well as overfishing of certain key species needed to maintain the balance of coral reef ecosystems. Today, holistic management approaches incorporate a 'ridge-to-reef' approach meaning that sustainable marine management needs to include land-based activities as well. Image: Tom Vierus

Inspiring positive change

As a community meeting place that inspires and connects us, the Opera House is a platform for the kind of bold creativity that helps us build the world we want to see.

For fifty years, we have been providing a stage for diverse voices, creating space for conversations that matter, opening up the Opera House to more of the community and doing all we can to reduce its impact on the environment.

As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we want to inspire the community to build a more equitable, sustainable and fairer future. How will the actions we take now, in this moment, shape the lives of future generations?

By hosting this exhibition in collaboration with Climate Outreach, we are taking action for #ClimateChange (Goal 13)  #ReducedInequalities (Goal 10),  #LifeBelowWater(Goal 14) and #ResponsibleProduction and Consumption (Goal12) as part of our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals)

Read more about how we are taking environmental action and driving diversity, inclusion & belonging at the Opera House.  

Global Goals: Reduced Inequalities
Global Goals: Reduced Inequalities
Global Goals: Reduced Inequalities
Global Goals: Life Below Water

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a COVID Safe business?

Yes. The Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.  

What safety and hygiene measures are in place?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. Our COVID-19 health and safety information is available on the Plan your visit page.

Do I need to book in advance?

No, this is a free event and you can openly walk through the exhibition without booking in advance. 

Where is the exhibition located?

The exhibition is located outside on the Western Broadwalk, the Sydney Harbour Bridge side of the Opera House. The photographs will be displayed on free standing plinths that will be hard to miss!

What are the transport options to the Opera House?

You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 minute walk to the Opera House. If you’re getting dropped off in a car, head to the roundabout at the bottom of Macquarie Street where staff will direct you to a safe place to pull over.

Driving? Park in Wilson’s Car Park, you’re just minutes to your tour meeting point. Need a bit more info? Click here

What should I wear?

So long as you’re wearing shoes and a shirt, whatever you like. We’re pretty informal here at the Opera House. There’s no real dress code for tours, so you’ll fit right in with casual attire. 


Will the building works at the Opera House affect the tour?

You'll notice that Sydney Opera House has building works underway around the precinct. These works will not impact your visit, it's business as usual!

Do ensure that you arrive at the Sydney Opera House at least 15 minutes before your tour to allow sufficient time to cloak any bags and personal belongings.

For more information head to the Renewal pages

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