BUEI exhibit details how environment inspires artists, photographers and researchers
A new exhibit at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute will showcase how the local environment has inspired photographers, researchers and artists.
Portholes of Discovery will open on Saturday in the Ocean Discovery Centre.
A BUEI spokeswoman said: “Bermuda’s position in the middle of the Atlantic, as well as its place in the Gulf Stream and Sargasso Sea, has made it an important research station for those investigating the ocean.
“Portholes of Discovery explores the island through the eyes of the photographers, researchers, and artists who have been inspired by our island’s incredible environment.
“From discussing the natural assets that make Bermuda the perfect marine hub, to delving into two National Geographic expeditions that placed it on the world stage, the exhibit highlights Bermuda’s history and continued potential as a centre for environmental exploration through photographs, videos and hands-on engagement.”
The spokeswoman added that visitors will be able to learn about the 1984 Beebe Project, when footage of live deep-sea sharks was captured for the first time, and the National Geographic Sargasso Sea expedition in 2010, which examined marine creatures typically found in the region.
She said: “The exhibit also describes some of the different techniques used to capture and document findings and how these techniques and technologies have evolved over time.
“Interactive activities throughout the Portholes of Discovery exhibit allow visitors, both young and old, to become researchers and artists themselves and find out more about what lies below the surface of the waters surrounding our island.
“Visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to enjoy interactive games throughout the exhibit and take part in a hands-on drawing experience where they are able to use some of the same methods as artists who have worked in Bermuda to capture underwater sea life.”
Residents have been invited to take part in a talk about the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute’s work.
The event on Wednesday is among preparations for the BUEI’s 25th anniversary in July.
A spokeswoman said that the organisation’s vision to make sure that “the ocean around Bermuda is widely understood, appreciated and protected” was as relevant now as it was a quarter of a century ago.
She added: “We are seeking the community’s input to ensure the many ways we support this vision are meaningfully communicated to the public at large.
“We invite interested individuals to join us on Wednesday, May 18 as we take a deep dive into BUEI’s mission.
“All those aged 14 and over are encouraged to participate, regardless of whether or not they have had any involvement with BUEI in the past.”
The spokeswoman said that the discussion will take a “world café” approach, so that everyone who attends can be heard.
Refreshments will be served.
Karla Lacey, the BUEI chief executive officer. said: “This is a unique opportunity for community members of all ages to communicate their individual experiences and perspectives of the ocean surrounding our island home and of BUEI.
“Through this conversation we seek to better understand how people connect to both BUEI’s vision and mission.”
To sign up, visit www.BUEI.bm by Monday, May 16.
Karla Lacey, the BUEI chief executive officer, said: “In this 25th anniversary year for BUEI, we're excited to continue the organisation’s rich legacy of encouraging current and future generations into the field of ocean studies and expanding community awareness of the valuable contributions the island and the people of Bermuda have made to ocean science on a worldwide scale.
“This collaborative effort has produced a thoughtfully presented experience in the Ocean Discovery Centre at BUEI, one that has inspired all involved throughout the process.
“We are excited to share this new exhibit with the public.”