Biennale of Sydney

Embassy of the North Sea

Embassy of the North Sea, Opening manifestation Listening to the Sea, 2019. Courtesy Hollandse Hoogte. Photograph: Laurens van Putten.
Embassy of the North Sea, Flag Embassy of the North Sea. Photograph: Cleo Campert. Copyright © Cleo Campert.
Harpo 't Hart, A New Order a New Earth, 2020, sound installation. Installation view for the Garage Rotterdam. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Aad Hoogendoorn. Copyright © Aad Hoogendoorn.

Embassy of the North Sea

Established 2018 in The Hague, the Netherlands
Lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
North Sea

Harpo 't Hart
Born 1985 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Anne van Leeuwen
Born 1987 in Zaandam, the Netherlands

Thijs Middeldorp
Born 1978 in Velp, the Netherlands


Diversity is in the interest of all life. Therefore, direct political representation of the sea and the life within it is necessary. The Embassy of the North Sea was founded on the principle that the North Sea owns itself. Here, the voices of plants, animals, microbes, and people in and around the North Sea are listened to and involved. The Embassy has plotted a route through to 2030, firstly learning to listen to the sea before learning to speak with it. Finally, the Embassy will negotiate on behalf of the North Sea and all the life that it encapsulates.

23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022)

Details to be announced