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.
Sabrina Mahfouz headlining and curating Rhyme and Reason
Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay: An open call for UK based artists and the Swansea Bay community
Rural Artists Residency Programme represented during Climate Week 2014
Cape Farewell's 2013 expedition sailed from Orkney to Shetland via Fair Isle with 27 artists and scientists.