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Tickets: £5. Over 18s only.
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About this event

Join us for a special celebration of all things coral reef related, as we dive down deep beneath the waves to take a closer look at this threatened underwater world. Enjoy exclusive installations, performances, and films as well as face-painting and craft workshops.

Project Coral

Join us for Q&A and handling sessions with the team behind Project Coral, Horniman’s pioneering coral spawning research. Our Aquarium team will also be joined by guests Dr Kenneth Johnson and Dr Nadio Santodomingo from the Natural History Museum’s Department of Earth Sciences to invite visitors to handle fluorescent baby corals, coral skeletons and take a closer look at specimens under the microscope.


South London based artist and musician Jerkcurb a.k.a. Jacob Read finishes the evening off with a special solo performance

Coral: Fabric of the Reef

Visit Karen Dodd’s Coral: Fabric of the Reef display, meet the artist, see sample materials, experiments and get a visual insight into her practice and working processes.

Planet Ocean: Science Fiction and the Sea

Join Dr. Dan Byrne-Smith on an illustrated presentation on the history of undersea worlds in science fiction.

From Jules Verne’s submarine adventures in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Arthur C Clarke’s vision of undersea farming in The Deep Range, to the arrival of aliens off the coast of Nigeria in Nnedi Okorafar’s Lagoon, oceans have been the setting for authors to conjure profound and imaginative visions.

To accompany the images and texts exploring this history, Dan will be creating an ambient soundscape to create an immersive and atmospheric encounter.

Dangers of the Deep: Natural History Talks

Discover the dangers, the excitement, the trials, and the surprises, of life on the reef with zoologist and palaeontologist, Dr. Emma-Louise Nicholls.

Cabinet of Living Cinema

Hear live film scores from The Cabinet of Living Cinema as they take you on an audio-visual journey from the British coastline to the surreal world of French filmmaker Jean Painlevé.

Abby and Alice

Installation artists and set designers Abby and Alice submerge the Horniman under the sea with specially commissioned set dressing, built using recycled and sustainable material. Then join our mass participation coral reef design workshop and help create a coral-reef made from recycled materials.

Coral Song

Throughout the evening, Megan Armitage will be performing Coral Song. Coral Song asks - what if we realised that coral was speaking to us? Not with words, but through something deeper that connects every living thing. It looks at how some of our most ancient beings might exist and belong in the modern world.

Face painting and craft workshop

Have your face painted with reef inspired designs before dropping into our workshop and create a coral reef corsage to take away!

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