WATER 2021

DATMA’s free public art projects will examine the role of water within the histories, economies, and cultures of several countries as well as SouthCoast Massachusetts—from its geographic location and its wide-ranging fishing industry to the technologies of the 21st century providing new sources of energy while protecting the fragile ecology of the region. Four internationally recognized artists have been invited by DATMA to present work that will celebrate the essence of water and human beings’ traditional but changing relationship to it in addition to a host of extensive programming with partner organizations.

Harvesters of the Deep: Portraits of Fisherwomen from South Korea, America, and the United Kingdom

From June 17th – October 17th, DATMA will bring works of outstanding photographers from select locations around the world, the exhibit will feature insightful, life-sized portraits celebrating women working in the fishing industry. Featured photographers include: Phil Mello presenting photographs of New Bedford fisherwomen; Hyung S. Kim’s photographs of Korean shellfish divers (aka Haenyeo) and Craig Easton’s photographs of English smokehouse workers (aka “The Herring Lasses”).

Custom designed kiosks, including documentary will be strategically positioned along outdoor public walkways in downtown New Bedford and along the waterfront and participate in the annual New Bedford Seaport Art Walk.


Internationally renowned Swiss sound-installation artist Zimoun will exhibit his intricate sculpture, using motion and sound, to evoke creative interpretations, at the College of the Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at the University of Massachusetts’ (UMD), Star Store location. It will be presented in the corner gallery on the main intersection of Union Street and Purchase Street; the heart of downtown New Bedford.

315 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, cardboard boxes 13″ x 13″ x 13″, 2011/2021 by Zimoun will be on view at UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store Swain Gallery at 715 Purchase Street in New Bedford daily from June 17 to September 13, 2021 from outdoors throughout the day and evening. From Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm, visitors will be able to reserve a timed ticket for indoor gallery access. Indoor ticket reservations will be open to the public soon on DATMA’s website.

Sea Scallops: Sentinels of the Deep:

The exhibit will present scientific archival photography using advanced underwater video technology developed by School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) at UMass Dartmouth Professor Dr. Kevin Stokesbury and his research team. The photos will capture the diverse ecosystems of our region’s seafloor and the women in fisheries science conducting this important research. Sea Scallops: Sentinels of the Deep will be a public outdoor exhibition displayed on storefront windows on a series of historic buildings in downtown New Bedford along Union Street between Acushnet Avenue and North 2nd Street from June 17 to October 17, 2021.

DATMA will collaborate with the commissioned artists, the City of New Bedford, and several local nonprofits, schools, universities, and businesses to bring WATER 2021 to New Bedford. These partners will coordinate tours and student field trips, lead design, art, and technology workshops, host symposiums, present digital exhibitions and documentaries. Collaborators include:

3rd Eye Unlimited; Arts, History, Architecture (AHA!); Community Boating Center; The Drawing Room; Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical School (GNBVT); Our Sisters’ School; National Park Service (NPS); NB Science Café; NB Symphony Orchestra; NB Ballet; YMCA New Bedford; Seaglass Theater; South Coast Surface Design; UMD College for Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) & School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST).

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Read the official press release for this free program series HERE.

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