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.
Cape Farewell's 2013 expedition sails this summer from Orkney to Shetland via Fair Isle with 27 artists and scientists.
Check out our short film to present our school poetry workshops and Green Poetry Competition.
Watch on the Canadian TV channel tvo The Agenda with Steve Paikin: David Buckland: Culture and Climate Change; an interview.
'The Arctic Poppy Chronicles' by Michèle Noach are to be seen at the Botanical Garden Oxford
Cape Farewell rejoins the Lates with Mastercard at the Science Museum. Join us on Wednesday 24 April, from 6.45-10pm, for a night of entertainment, knowledge and exploration on the topic of 'Climate Science'.