Art & Science

Ocean Alliance’ earliest program was using whale songs to ignite humanity’s interest in whales — a demonstration of our firm belief in the important role that the arts play in both science and conservation, and indeed the roles that science and conservation can play in the arts. In partnership with Christian Miller, our expedition photographer/videographer, we continue to communicate the importance of whale conservation through his unsurpassed photographs and videos of whales and other ocean life.

As restoration work has continued at our headquarters we have increased our capacity for hosting collaborative arts and sciences events. Since 2017, Ocean Alliance has opened up two of our partially restored buildings for a variety of art exhibitions. We plan to continue to host art events, particularly in the summer months, covering a range of themes including ocean conservation, environmental awareness, and community themes, such as Amy Kerr’s art exhibit on mental health awareness.

Ocean Alliance is also a member of the Rocky Neck Cultural District, which is widely known for the Rocky Neck Art Colony and also includes the Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester Writers Center, and the North Shore Arts Association. Ocean Alliance has confirmed our Rocky Neck Art Association’s Goetemann Environmental Artist Residency (GEAR) for 2019; this will be the third year that we have hosted the residency. This year Ocean Alliance will be hosting artist Matthew Trueman, who will build an art installation at Ocean Alliance based on the environmental landscape. In 2018, we hosted Australian artist Deborah Redwood, who built a whale tail sculpture out of welded scrap metal. It now sits on our site.

If you are interested in having an art show at the Gloucester Paint Factory, please email us at