Our Plastic Ocean; Mandy Barker

Our Plastic Ocean, by international award-winning photographer Mandy Barker, addresses the current global crisis of marine plastic pollution.

Barker collects debris from shorelines across the world and transforms them into powerful and captivating images. From accompanying scientists on an expedition from Hawaii to Japan, tracing the debris of the 2011 Tsunami, to a voyage on board Greenpeace's Beluga II to the Inner Hebrides, Mandy Barker has followed a trail of plastic pollution across the globe. Our Plastic Ocean, which premiered at Impressions Gallery in Bradford, is the first major touring retrospective of Barker's work, spanning a decade of her practice.

The exhibition includes works such as the series Soup, meticulously detailed composite images of discarded plastic objects; Albatross revealing 276 pieces of plastic found inside the stomach of a 90 day old albatross chick; and Beyond Drifting, which sees Barker trace the footsteps of nineteenth century botanist John Vaughan Thompson who collected plankton specimens, the ocean's most basic life-form.

Showing at The Collection Museum from the 23rd October - 19th December 2021, Our Plastic Ocean will be accompanied by further information and resources provided by Plastic Free Lincoln, a community organisation who are working towards plastic free community status for the City of Lincoln.

The exhibition will also be accompanied by a series of talks and workshops, including a public event with photographer Mandy Barker. Details coming soon.

An Impressions Gallery touring exhibition, curated by Angela Sheard.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Printing and mounting by Spectrum Photographic.



Associated Event Programme

Our Plastic Ocean Open Evening

Friday 22nd October, 6 - 8pm

Join us for an evening of music and culture to celebrate the opening of Our Plastic Ocean by international award winning photographer, Mandy Barker.

This free event is open to all and will take place from 6-8pm on Friday 22 October. 


Artist Talk; Mandy Barker

Friday 26th November, 6-7pm

Join us for an evening talk with international award-winning photographer Mandy Barker.

Mandy Barker is an international award-winning photographer whose work involving marine plastic debris for more than 10 years has received global recognition. Working with scientists she aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the world's oceans, highlighting the harmful affect on marine life and ourselves - ultimately leading the viewer to take action.

Tickets £5, Concessions £3.50

Places are limited so please pre-book.



Plastic Free Lincoln Information Event

Saturday 27th November, 10am - 11.30am

The Plastic Free Lincoln group will deliver a talk about ways to reduce your single-use plastic waste and then provide a break out opportunity in the cafe for you to ask questions and, if you wish, join up as an Ally. 

Free event, but places are limited so please pre-book your space.



Excavating our Plastic Ocean: How Archaeology Can Help Resolve Environmental Pollution

Thursday 9th December, Midday - 1pm

Professor John Schofield is an archaeologist at the University of York where his research is focused on archaeology's contributions to some of the most pressing off global challenges, including environmental pollution. He currently works in Galapagos, but has interests also in mainland South America and Australia. Prior to working at the University of York, John spent 21 years with English Heritage (now Historic England), in heritage policy and protection. In this talk, he will provide an archaeological perspective on issues raised by Mandy Barker's Our Plastic Ocean exhibition.

Tickets £5, concessions £3.50

Places are limited so please pre-book your ticket.