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Past Exhibitions & Events

Between 2005 and 2013, Cape Farewell artwork was exhibited across the UK (London, Oxford, Liverpool, Newcastle, Folkestone and Cornwall), in Europe (Oslo, Brussels, Hamburg, Monaco and Munich, Madrid), and in North America (Colorado, Chicago, Michigan and New York City) and Asia (Japan). We work with partners across the UK and internationally to ensure the widest audience for our art and events. 

  • CARBON 13

    2012 - 2013

    The Carbon 13 exhibition presented newly commissioned work by eight international artists at Ballroom Marfa, Texas.
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  • CARBON 12


    An exciting mix of art commissions and science at the Espace Foundation EDF, Paris, encompassing biodiversity, atmospherics and oceanography — earth, wind and sea.
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  • Eden Project Collaboration

    2007 - 2012

    An exciting collaboration which brought Cape Farewell's experiences in the Arctic and the Andes to Cornwall, at the same time growing artworks up and out of the site.
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    Art Schools & Universities

    A surrogate art school of sorts, a series of short, unconventional, rural and urban expeditions that bring emerging artists and art students into dialogue with scientists.
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  • U-n-f-o-l-d

    2010 - 2012

    Between 2010 and 2012 the exquisite exhibition Unfold toured to New York, Chicago, Vienna, London, Falmouth, Newcastle and Liverpool, exhibiting the work of twenty-five artists who have participated in Cape Farewell expeditions.
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    2012 – 2013

    An interrogation of climate as culture, devised by Cape Farewell’s first Climate Poet-in-Residence, Tom Chivers. Over a year-long period of creative enquiry, Tom mapped the natural territories written into urban space.
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  • Without Boats,
    Dreams Dry Up

    February - March 2012

    An exhibition at Triangle Space, London, of 20 emerging artists and designers who have participated in Cape Farewell's SHORTCOURSE / UK; a 3-day urban expedition in London.
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  • High Arctic

    July 2011 - Jan 2012

    Inspired by the 2010 Arctic Expedition Matt Clark and the United Visual Artists team created High Arctic at the National Maritime Museum. An immersive, interactive environment which used sculptural forms, poetry, an evocative soundtrack and cutting-edge technology to create a unique installation experience.
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  • Southbank Centre

    Artist in Residence

    In August 2007 Cape Farewell began a three year artists residency at the Southbank Centre, where we operated as a cultural eco-hub at the heart of the centre's creative climate change initiatives.
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  • SHIFT Festival

    January 2010

    Southbank Centre played host to Cape Farewell's SHIFT Festival, a stimulating, provocative and energising programme of cultural events inspired by Cape Farewell’s expeditions to The High Arctic and Andes in Peru. The centrepiece of the festival was two concerts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday 29 and Sat 30 January.
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  • Art & Climate Change

    Toured 2006 - 2010

    Cape Farewell's Art & Climate Change exhibition, created in partnership with the Natural History Museum in 2006, was a free exhibition of contemporary art, designed to deepen our understanding of climate change. It toured widely over four years, visiting London, Liverpool, Hamburg, Madrid, Tokyo and Michigan.
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  • Earth: Art of a changing world

    3 Dec 2009 - 31 Jan 2010

    The Royal Academy of Arts presented Earth: Art of a changing world, an exhibition co-curated by David Buckland and part of the GSK Contemporary season.
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  • Rome Film Festival

    October 2009

    An exhibition of Cape Farewell artworks was presented at the 2009 Rome Film Festival. Alongside the exhibition, were several Cape Farewell cafe encounters - with voyagers including Jarvis Cocker and Siobhan Davies in conversation with Italian guests discussing education, architecture, film, music and art.

  • Latitude Festival

    July 2009

    A green field, a green event; Cape Farewell made its first appearance at Latitude, the gloriously positioned music and arts festival on the Sunrise Coast of Suffolk in 2009. Cape Farewell's David Buckland was joined by comedian Marcus Brigstocke, beat-boxer Shlomo and special guest Jarvis Cocker.

  • Late at Tate

    February 2009

    Cape Farewell inhabited Tate Britain as part of their Late at Tate series, exploring sublime environments and artistic responses to climate change. The night of discussion, debate, screenings, sound and live music also featured Greenhouse Gas, an installation on Chelsea College of Art & Design’s Parade Ground.

  • Kaai Theatre, Brussels

    January 2009

    In January 2009 Cape Farewell presented a day of discussion and artworks as part of a climate event Burning Ice - Art & Climate Change at the Kaai Theatre in Brussels, with artists David Buckland, Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey discussing questions posed by the artistic director of the Kaai Theatre Guy Gypsens.

  • Envisioning Change - UN Environment Programme

    June 2007 to Sept 2008

    A selection of Cape Farewell artworks, including Endangered Species by Siobhan Davies, toured with the Natural World Museum and United Nations Environment Programme exhibition Envisioning Change to Oslo, Brussels, Monaco and Chicago.

  • Chicago Humanities Festival

    November 2007

    The stunning Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park offered a perfect backdrop to the unique Cape Farewell collaboration between sound artist Max Eastley and video artist David Buckland, when Cape Farewell presented ARCTIC at the Chicago Humanities Festival 2007.

  • Late Night at Whitechapel

    Friday, 11 May 2007

    As part of Whitechapel's Late Night Fridays series Cape Farewell presented the sell out Earth, Wind and Fire - a night of new songs, performances, artworks and information prompted by the urgency of climate change.

  • The Ice Garden

    December 2005

    Cape Farewell's first exhibition, The Ice Garden, presented sound, light, text and sculptural installations by artists inspired by their voyages with Cape Farewell, in the Clarendon Quad in front of the Bodleian Library.

Other highlights include...

  • Amy Balkin organises a public reading of the latest IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) report as part of the Futuresonic Festival in Manchester (2009)
  • David Buckland's Ice Texts are screened to audiences at Somerset House (2005)
  • Liverpool Biennial features Arctic inspired work by Max Eastley and David Buckland (2004)
The Ship: The Art of Climate Change at the Natural History Museum, 2006
Cape Farewell - Art & Climate Change at Kampnagel Cultural Centre, Hamburg, 2007
ARCTIC by David Buckland and Max Eastley in the Pritzker Pavilion of Chicagos Millennium Park
Night view of The Ice Garden in the Clarendon Quad, Bodleian Library, Oxford
Detail of Blossom by Clare Twomey, exhibited at the Eden Project in 2007
Detail of Blossom by Clare Twomey, exhibited at the Eden Project in 2007
William Hunt, Earth, Wind and Fire, 2007 (still)
Gautier Deblonde, from The Svalbard Series, 2003-2005
Siobhan Davies, Endangered Species, 2006 (still)
Gary Hume, Hermaphrodite Polar Bear, 2003
Cape Farewell - Art & Climate Change shown at Fundación Canal, Madrid, 2008
Artist floor talk as part of Art & Climate Change at Kampnagel Cultural Centre, Hamburg, 2007
Cape Farewell - Art & Climate Change at Kampnagel Cultural Centre, Hamburg, 2007
Cape Farewell outdoor modular exhibition at The Sage Gateshead
Kampnagel Cultural Centre

Cape Farewell - Art & Climate Change at Kampnagel Cultural Centre, Hamburg