Sea Change

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Sea Change

Commissioned and produced by the Royal Docks Team in collaboration with University College London (UCL) – one of the world's leading universities – and curated by Invisible Dust, Sea Change brings global artists together with leading UCL academics, inspired by research into sustainable responses to the current climate emergency.

New artworks have been commissioned from four international artists:

  • Biotopes by Simon Faithfull – Faithfull explores our understanding of habitats by turning his own body into 3D-printed sculptures, adapted for other species to reside within, that will be viewable in Thames Barrier Park.
  • Power In by Dana Olărescu – Working with local people, Olărescu’s exploration of energy equity takes the form of a striking temporary installation in Thames Barrier Park.
  • Flotilla by Melanie Manchot – The East London-based visual artist, inspired by histories of local protests for equality has filmed a cross-generational group of women residents on a ‘flotilla’ of boats on the night-time waters of the Royal Docks, viewable in a purpose-built screening space in Thames Barrier Park.
  • The Waves are Rising by Raqs Media Collective – Based in New Delhi, Raqs Media Collective create an augmented reality wave, superimposed upon live video footage of the still waters of the Docks, disrupting the usually tranquil vista, that will be viewable at the edge of Royal Victoria Dock, close to City Hall.

The full Sea Change programme includes Forecast 2023, an international hybrid symposium at City Hall on 19 May featuring writers, artists, scientists and cultural commentators to explore the nature of the stories we tell and how they help shape our planet’s future.

Part of At the Docks 2023 – a brand-new summer season of arts, culture, and events at the Royal Docks

In Thames Barrier Park, Sea Change also includes an exciting pop-up residency from The Greenhouse Theatre, the UK’s first zero-waste theatre venue. The line-up features workshops, audio guides and talks, plus activity packs for family fun. The event is complete with an alfresco bar and picnic area to soak up the views and spring sunshine!

Download and print the Sea Change leaflet [PDF 1.3mb] filled with further information and a guided map for your visit! You can also download the Sea Change Activity Pack [PDF 5.0mb] here too!

Time & date

11-29 May 2023


Royal Docks



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For your visit

Food & Drink

Pier Masala

Cosy North Woolwich curry house serving traditional Indian dishes at reasonable prices.

North Woolwich
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Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre

RDLAC has spent 50 years serving the North Woolwich community, from after-school clubs to conservation projects.

North Woolwich
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Art & Culture

Making Space: Go the Distance

Installation artwork by Jessie Brennan, created with Peacock Gym by collecting images from the archive of this renowned community boxing hub.

Royal Victoria Dock
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