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Connect with the Deep

Part of the Meet the Deep series of events exploring our relationship to the deep-ocean 

Film still from film triptych Sirens, 2023, Emma Critchley

Sat 16 March All day

Sat 16th March

Connect with the Deep is a free event and open to all; whether you are a swimmer, a diver, you work within the creative arts, with water & the ocean, policy or development or just interested in exploring your relationship with the deep ocean.

Following on from the Meet the Deep discussion series which took place at Quay Arts and John Hansard Gallery last summer 2023, Connect with the Deep is a half-day workshop which explores our relationship with the deep ocean. Emma Critchley (artist) and Fiona Middleton (marine researcher) invite you to explore ways we might connect to the seemingly remote space of the deep sea. Using a range of approaches they will take you on a journey through different ways of thinking about and relating to the space of the deep ocean, incorporating discussion, drawing and storytelling.

This event forms part of Soundings, artist Emma Critchley’s ongoing research project, which seeks to explore how film, sound and dance might be used to connect us with the deep ocean. Deep sea mining is a critical but little-known issue that artist Emma has been engaged with since 2016. Home to complex and diverse forms of life that are continually being discovered, the deep seabed is the legally shared responsibility of humankind. As a regulator of earth’s climate, a source of food and materials of cultural heritage and identity, how we choose to imagine, portray and talk about the deep sea is fundamental to how we govern it. Today concentrations of minerals formed across the deep seabed are holding the attention of both researchers and the mining industry as a potential resource for smart and ‘green’ technologies. A roadmap is currently being drawn for deep sea mining to begin in the near future, but there is a growing awareness of what devastating effects this will have on the oceans and its inhabitants, and the importance of protecting this precious habitat. 

There will be a photographer present to capture images throughout the event. These images will be given to the event provider as well as used by Quay Arts for promotion, social media etc. If you have any concerns about being photographed, please speak to us during the 1:30pm – 2pm registration period prior to the event.


Seminar Room
2 – 5pm

This event is free but spaces are limited, so please book on Eventbrite to secure your place by following the link below.

This event will be used for a PhD study by Fiona Middleton into public perceptions and connections to the deep sea (contributing participants will be anonymised). 

University of Southampton ERGO ID: 79726

The event is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and realised in partnership with Quay Arts.


Emma Critchley’s work has been shown extensively nationally and internationally. Recent works include ‘Common Heritage’ (2019), a film about the imminent threat of deep sea mining for rare earth minerals and ‘The Space Below’, a large-scale public sound installation about underwater acoustic pollution, made in collaboration with artist Lee Berwick and installed in the Greenwich Foot Tunnel for the launch of the UK National Maritime Museum’s ‘Our Ocean, Our Planet’ season in 2020. In 2021, her film installation ‘Witness’, created during the Earth Water Sky residency programme with Science Gallery Venice launched in the Italian Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Fiona Middleton is a doctoral scholar on the University of Southampton’s Leverhulme-funded Intelligent Oceans programme, researching notions of deep ocean literacy rooted in the artistic and the personal. At the ocean-focussed research branch of art foundation TBA21–Academy she manages the digital ocean comm/uni/ty network, and contributes to the research and production of educational programming.

For more information about Emma Critchley and the Soundings project, visit: www.emmacritchley.com


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