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Philip Colbert & Whitby Lobster Hatchery announce partnership.

In a groundbreaking collaboration aimed at preserving marine biodiversity, British Pop Artist Philip Colbert has announced his partnership with the Whitby Lobster Hatchery.

Together, they are embarking on a mission to safeguard the future of lobsters and the communities reliant on their thriving populations. At the heart of the collaboration is a shared passion for lobsters, and a commitment to environmental stewardship. The Whitby Lobster Hatchery aims to reintroduce 100,000 juvenile lobsters into their natural habitat annually. This initiative not only bolsters wild lobster populations but also secures the livelihoods of approximately 150 individuals in the Whitby area who rely on the lobster industry.

Philip Colbert’s support will allow the charity to rear and release 7777 juvenile lobsters back into the sea. Through this backing, the Whitby Lobster Hatchery advances its mission to foster sustainable practices and enhance the resilience of coastal communities. Moreover, the collaboration extends beyond local shores as the project gains entry into “The Lobstars” community, a global network of lobster enthusiasts. By sharing their progress and insights with lobster lovers worldwide, the Whitby Lobster Hatchery amplifies its impact and spreads awareness about marine conservation.

With Philip Colbert’s support, the Whitby Lobster Hatchery embarks on a scientific exploration into the diversity of lobster colours. Observations hint at a remarkable phenomenon where hatchery-reared lobsters mirror the colours of their surroundings, challenging conventional notions of genetic mutation. Through their designed experiments, starting 12th February until 30th April 2024, the project aims to unravel the mysteries behind these colour adaptations, inviting audiences to participate in the journey through live-streamed sessions enriched with interactive elements. Live stream HERE

The Whitby Lobster Hatchery project would like to thank Philip Colbert and team for their continued support for our project, lobsters and our oceans.Joe Redfern, spokesperson for the Whitby Lobster Hatchery project  

Joe Redfern, spokesperson for the Whitby Lobster Hatchery project

I am always inspired by the creative freedom the digital art space creates. As my artistic persona is a lobster, I felt it was only normal that I should use my art to support the species. Having released 7777 lobsters into the wild with the Lobstars, I was inspired to creatively work with lobster science to create a new artwork and at the same time support the hatchery to release more lobsters into the wild.

I’m very inspired by the creative freedom of digital art. Mixing science and art I wanted to further explore the science of lobsters in a new work. In speaking with Joe Redfern at the Whitby Lobster Hatchery, we were discussing the theory of lobster camouflage, and whether they adapt their shell colour to their new environments. So we decided to conduct a full scientifically monitored first experiment.  

Creating sculptural installations in each tank and titling each colour of the chart. The experiment provides the stage to push the possibilities of an artwork, and allow viewers to livestream and watch the baby lobsters grow in their surreal scientifically monitored environment.

Philip Colbert

Watch live feed: twitch.tv/whitbylobsterhatchery


Philip Colbert in the studio 2022. Courtesy © Colbert Studio

Born in Scotland and living and working in London, Philip Colbert has created a global following for his cartoon lobster persona and his masterful hyper-pop history paintings. His work powerfully explores the patterns of contemporary digital culture and its relationship to a deeper art historical dialogue.

“I became an artist when I became a Lobster” says Colbert.

Graduating with an MA in Philosophy from St.Andrews University, Colbert’s work has received international acclaim in museums and galleries worldwide for his energetic new approach to painting and pop theory.

The Whitby Lobster Hatchery is a small, knowledgeable and dedicated team; who are working to create a sustainable future for the Yorkshire coast and the local Whitby area. Working closely with the Yorkshire coast fishing industry they aim to release 100,000 juvenile lobsters into the ocean every year.

Whitby Lobster Hatchery will create an inspirational and engaging way to teach young and old about the benefits of looking after our environment and also provide a space to study and research our marine habitats. @whitbylobsterhatchery



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