Background and History
Created by artist David Buckland in 2001, Cape Farewell has led eight expeditions to the High Arctic; the frontline of climate change including two youth voyages run in collaboration with the British Council. In 2009 the first ever Cape Farewell expedition outside of the Arctic to the Andes in Peru was launched in collaboration with the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University. The ambition is to inspire those who have joined an expedition to respond creatively to the challenge of climate change. Through our expedition programme, we have engaged over 60 artists in the subject of climate change.
From the expeditions has sprung an extraordinary body of artwork, educational projects and collaborations. Since 2005, Cape Farewell artwork is exhibited across the UK, in Europe, Asia and in North America.
Cape Farewell have produced two films, Art from a Changing Arctic with the BBC and Burning Ice with Cactus Three, which have now been seen internationally, a major book Burning Ice, an exhibition catalogue Unfold, a CD Arctic, by Max Eastley, educational resources for GCSE Geography and Science, and a UN award-winning website.
Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay: An open call for international and UK based artists as well as the Swansea Bay community
Sabrina Mahfouz headlining and curating Rhyme and Reason
David Buckland 2006 / 78°N 11.2°E
"Each artist who has been part of the Cape Farewell expeditions has found a voice that, when unpacked, deals in some way with climate change. Each has added uniquely to a new bank of ideas and imagery that brings the subject of climate change into focus on a human scale."