DEEP Fund

To foster the themes of our research, the Hub has initiated the ‘Deep Emotional Engagement Programme (DEEP) Fund’ to commission artistic responses that capture connections with the ocean.

Photo: Keiskamma Trust

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The Deep Emotional Engagement Programme (DEEP) supports community based art projects in the One Ocean Hub partner countries that explore emotional attachments to the sea. A vehicle to elevate marginalised voices in global debates about ocean governance, the DEEP Fund gives rise to the views of groups that are often underrepresented in conventional approaches to marine science and management. The DEEP Fund directly benefits individuals, groups and organisations with the aim of boosting livelihoods and encouraging artistic autonomy. 

The format of DEEP Fund projects is entirely open, including, but not limited to: visual art, performing art, music, sound art, filmmaking, animation, digital art, fashion, photography, literature, poetry, spoken word, craft, indigenous knowledge and customary practices. Projects are co-produced and bring together diverse collaborators such as artists, researchers, knowledge holders and civil society. With a focus on empowering women and youth, projects are inclusive spaces that promote equity, cooperation and resilience.

Latest DEEP Fund stories

DEEP Fund: New artistic projects and outcomes

New project The Hub is delighted to announce the addition of a new Deep Fund project led by Drama Queens in Ghana. Pa Suɔmi (Love for the Ocean) focuses on relationships between the sea and women in the coastal towns of Ada and Elmina. Traditional knowledge, oral histories and story-telling reveal powerful beliefs and values […]

New DEEP Fund Projects

One Ocean Hub is thrilled to announce the addition of two new DEEP Fund projects to our programme of community-based art research. We are very proud to have formed new partnerships in Africa and the South Pacific in what has been an extremely challenging time given the ongoing global impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, along […]

fishers tales: stories with the sea

Subsistence and small-scale fishers in KwaZulu-Natal practice a livelihood that holds deep spiritual and cultural meaning. In this coastal province of South Africa fishers make up a dynamic and diverse group that has vast intergenerational knowledge of the ocean, yet their voices are seldom heard in the rush for the Blue Economy.  Hub researchers in […]