Wyndham City Council is hosting an art exhibition highlighting the human impact on climate change and how it affects people and their habitats.

The exhibition will explore how humans contributed to climate change and are now feeling the effect of it. 

The exhibition name, “Drowning not Waving”, came from the poem Not Waving Drowning by British poet Stevie Smith back in 1957.

Environment and Sustainability portfolio holder Cr Heather Marcus said while this poem referred to issues of the heart, this exhibition applies the same famous phrase to issues of the earth. 

“Taking a global perspective “Drowning not Waving” looks at climate change in the 21st century,” Cr Marcus said.

“The exhibition asks people why they did not respond to the warning signs of global warming sooner.”

Artist Jill Orr draws on the land and how our country and urban environment is shaped.

Penelope Davis’s individual sculptural works form a larger installation Sea-change evoking the beauty of the ocean and the impact humans have on it.

She uses the image of jellyfish to examine environmental degradation because of the belief that jellyfish may dominate the oceans due to global warming.

Artist Emma Davies highlights the plight of plastic in our oceans and shows how micro beads harm aquatic life.

When:             Opening: Thursday, 22 August 6:30pm - Exhibition will run until Sunday 6 October
Where:            Wyndham Art Gallery – 177 Watton St Werribee

For more information: https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/whats-on/drowning-not-waving-exhibition

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