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One Ocean Hub

One Ocean Hub is an international programme of research for sustainable development, working to promote fair and inclusive decision-making for a healthy ocean whereby people and planet flourish.

We bring together coastal communities, researchers, decision makers, civil society and international organisations to promote diverse knowledge systems and voices. Through these collaborations, we influence decisions and practices shaping the future of the ocean for equity, justice and sustainability.

With a focus in South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Fiji and Solomon Islands our research spans five interconnected themes:

  • Human rights, customary, international and environmental law
  • Valuing inherent ocean connections and articulating intangible risks
  • Blue economies and societies (including small scale fisheries and ecosystem valuations)
  • Marine Spatial planning (including integrated approaches, ecosystem mapping and fisheries management)
  • Capacity strengthening

One Ocean Hub is funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Global Challenges Research Fund – a key component in delivering the United Kingdom’s aid strategy that positions UK-led research at the heart of efforts to tackle the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Further information about the objectives of the Hub and our Code of Practice can be found at


A central component of the Hub’s research focuses on emotional connections to the ocean. Cultural heritage and creative practices offer opportunities to share multiple conceptions and values of the sea. Art, in all its forms, provides an outlet for the views of groups that are often under-represented in conventional approaches to ocean science and management.

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 sea and extend local creative economies. The DEEP Fund supports creative projects that communicate emotional bonds with the sea to a wide audience including policy and decision makers, researchers, businesses and the public at large.

Call for Proposals

The Hub currently invites proposals to the second round of the DEEP Fund. We welcome applications for cultural heritage and/or art-based projects in Namibia, Ghana, Solomon Islands and Fiji. Please note, at this time we are not considering projects based in South Africa as we turn our focus to other Hub partner countries.

The format of projects is entirely open, including, but not limited to: visual art, performing art, music, sound art, dance, filmmaking, animation, digital art, fashion, literature, poetry, spoken word, craft, indigenous knowledge and customary practices.

We strongly encourage proposals that move beyond creative response for its own sake and align with the research objectives of the Hub. We are particularly interested in projects that bring together diverse collaborators including artists, researchers, indigenous knowledge holders and civil society. Projects should be community based and co-produced with a focus on empowering women and youth.

Available project funding ranges between £5,000 and £20,000, although in exceptional circumstances this amount may be increased. Projects will be expected to last between 6 and 12 months, from commissioning to deliverables and final reporting.

Projects will form part of a final year exhibition, with a virtual/online component to complement the display.


Projects must be based in Namibia, Ghana, Solomon Islands or Fiji.

Projects must be conducted by individuals, collectives, non-government organisations, community sector groups or not-for-profit civil society.

Proposals that are not eligible:

  • Projects aimed at offsetting a deficit, repaying a debt or paying interest
  • Projects sustaining ongoing activities with recurring costs
  • Projects financing permanent working spaces and/or equipment, exclusively
  • Projects financing capital works, physical construction or the restoration of buildings
  • Projects affiliated with government agencies or political parties
  • Projects affiliated with commercial businesses and/or advertising campaigns
  • Projects that are environmentally hazardous or destructive
  • Projects that require funds for non-ODA country based artist and/or researcher costs and expenses
To Apply

Applications must be submitted on the downloadable form available here.

Selection Process

A two-stage commissioning process is adopted to recognise the differential in time and resources available to potential applicants from our partner countries. Projects will be shortlisted before selection and invited to submit further information.

The DEEP Fund Committee is responsible for the selection of projects and its decision is final. We are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Successful projects will be expected to adhere to the One Ocean Hub Code of Practice.


For further information or to discuss potential applications, please contact:
Dr Lisa McDonald
School of Simulation and Visualisation
Glasgow School of Art