Leviathan is an episodic narrative around notions of borders, mental health and marine welfare issues of foremost concern, resonating profoundly with both coastal locations and contemporary life.

A ten-part film cycle that will unfold over the next three years, the work draws connections between human activity and marine ecology.

As part of the first iteration of Leviathan after its Venice debut, Dawood also showed a newly commissioned painting drawing upon Welsh specific context, and work with community groups based on the coastal location asking questions about how these issues might come to evolve in a future 20 to 50 years from now, and what that future might look like.

The exhibition was curated by Alfredo Cramerotti, MOSTYN Director, in dialogue with the artist.

Public Programme

exhibition tour with alfredo cramerotti
Shezad Dawood, 23 June 2018


art, aesthetics, architecture and algae
A talk by Professor David Thomas
School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University, 23 June 2018


in conversation
Shezad Dawood and Mike Perry with
MOSTYN Director, Alfredo Cramerotti, 23 June 2018


The two artists each addressed contemporary issues around environmental sustainability and the impact of human activity on our natural world.


Recordings of all conversations can be found here.

Research papers commissioned and published by Leviathan can be found here.


Shezad Dawood and Mike Perry in conversation with MOSTYN Director, Alfredo Cramerotti


David Thomas

David Thomas’ PhD subject was seaweed physiology. He subsequently worked on oceanic projects worldwide before returning to the UK. He is currently Chair of Marine Biology and Head of School in the School of Ocean Sciences in Menai Bridge. His particular interest is in conveying his science to non-specialist audiences