Cape Farewell at Southbank Centre
“Nothing is more important than our planet, and we all responsible for its welfare: we are already beginning to experience the catastrophic effects of ignorance. But statistics and constant messages of doom are not necessarily the best way to face these challenges. I asked Cape Farewell to join us as Artists in Residence because of the important and unique work they are doing in bringing together the artistic and scientific communities in order to address issues around climate change, in highly imaginative and thought-provoking ways. Their residency is part of our vision for Southbank Centre to become a place for debate through artistic encounter.”
Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre
2007 - 2010
Three Year Residency
In August 2007, Cape Farewell began its three year artists residency at London's Southbank Centre, operating as a cultural eco-hub at the heart of the centre's creative climate change initiatives.
In January 2010, Southbank Centre played host to Cape Farewell's SHIFT festival, a stimulating, provocative and energising programme of climate-focused cultural events, featuring KT Tunstall, Robyn Hitchcock, Marcus Brigstocke and special guests.
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London Literature Festival
Double Bill: short film by Lemn Sissay and panel discussion. Lemn Sissay presented the short film featuring his poem What If and discussed the making of the poem, climate change and his experience of the Arctic. David Lan and David Buckland discussed their dog sled expedition to Greenland's Liverpool coast in a panel discussion chaired by Ruth Little.
Dec 2008 - Jan 2009
Tata Jagriti Yatra
Vicky Long and a group drawn from the artists in residence at Southbank Centre joined the Tata Jagriti Yatra project - a journey made by train, circumnavigating the Indian subcontinent, with 350 18-25 year-old Indians selected for having proved an outstanding interest in entrepreneurialism.
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9 January 2009
The most northerly settlement we visited during the 2008 Disko Bay expedition, Uummannaq is the hometown of our Inuit guide Ludvig, and home to 1400 people and 3000 howling dogs. Arctic voyagers Shlomo, Lemn Sissay and Quentin Cooper presented an evening of Arctic stories and performances inspired by Uummannaq and guided by local resident Ludvig Hammeken.
Slow Food Lunch Club
During the Southbank Centre's Slow Food Market, Cape Farewell joined forces with the Slow Food London team to prepare a sustainable fish lunch. Alongside delicious food and armed with eco-friendly marker pens, fellow lunchers scribbled thoughts onto table-cloths on the benefits of slowing things down.
Dec 2007 - Jan 2008
Christmas at Southbank
Over the Christmas period a selection of Max Eastley’s Arctic sounds played in the Royal Festival Hall's ballroom as part of their Christmas installation. A collection of fairy tales read by resident artists at Southbank Centre featured a recording by Vicky Long of Oscar Wild's Selfish Giant - a cautionary tale about the need to care for each-other and the environment.
September - October 2007
2007 Expedition Portal
Visitors to the Royal Festival Hall and Eden Project watched the 2007 voyages unfold via daily video reports, blogs, and images of the art, science and increasing effects of climate change in the Arctic. Graphic exhibitions and video portals followed the expeditions, mapping the journeys and providing a live link to the voyages.
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9 September 2007
2007 Voyages Launch
Hosted by comedian Marcus Brigstocke, the 2007 expeditions were launched in the Royal Festival Hall with a special maritime send off for the students down the Thames. Musicians, singers, the Cape Farewell youth team and artists past and present were joined by hundreds of onlookers to celebrate the launch.
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