Inspired Art: Nine Artists Explore New Zealand's Remote Kermadecs

This week marks the beginning of a two-month exhibition in New Zealand featuring artwork inspired by the remote Kermadec marine region, an area under consideration for protection as an ocean sanctuary. The exhibition at the Tauranga Art Gallery showcases work by nine leading South Pacific contemporary artists, who took a weeklong voyage to the Kermadecs in May. With these works, the artists offer us a unique opportunity to encounter one of the greatest and least-known near-pristine ocean sites on the planet.

View examples of their art and photos from the trip:

The voyage was a chance for artists and other sea riders to experience an extraordinary ocean and a very special island in its midst.Bronwen Golder, Director, Global Ocean Legacy, Kermadec Initiative

Global Ocean Legacy, a project of the Pew Environment Group, was established in 2006 to focus on creating great parks in the sea to help safeguard the Earth's marine environment. We achieve this in collaboration with non-governmental organizations, governments, concerned citizens, and scientists around the world. Since Global Ocean Legacy's founding, our partnerships have doubled the amount of ocean habitat worldwide that is comprehensively protected.

A Kermadec Ocean Sanctuarycould become the largest and most spectacular of a new generation of global marine parks.