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2010 Arctic Expedition

9 September - 1 October 2010

Svalbard and Spitsbergen

Sailing north of the 80th parallel

In September 2010 Cape Farewell began its 9th Art & Science expedition to the Arctic. For 22 days the crew of 20 voyagers sailed around Svalbard and Spitsbergen on the Noorderlicht, sailing north of the 80th parallel to the ice edge from Spitsbergen and east towards Russia.

5 marine scientists and 10 artists from around the world – writers, musicians, visual artists, directors and architects – sailed from Longyearbyen around the north-east coast of Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Arctic to encounter the magnificence of this extreme and threatened environment and engage with the scientific research being conducted on board.

The crew included Paul Miller AKA DJ Spooky (musician, DJ & writer, USA), Deborah Warner (theatre & opera director, UK), Nick Drake (poet, novelist & playwright, UK) Matthew Clark (digital artist/ Creative Director of UVA, UK), Ruth Little (dramaturg & writer, UK), Mikhail Durnenkov (playwright, Russia), Cynthia Hopkins (performance & music artist, USA), Leonid Tishkov (visual artist, Russia), Iris Haeussler (visual artist, Canada), Marina Moskvina (novelist, Russia), Beth Kapusta (writer & architecture critic, Canada), Daria Parkhomenko (Director of Laboratoria Art & Science Space, Russia), Kevin Buckland (Arts Ambassador/ 350.org, Spain), Bob Davies (architect, Canada), David Buckland (artist, Cape Farewell expedition leader) and others.

Follow their journey in the expedition blog - with daily posts, images and video reports.
Visit the expedition blog ›

Onwards: High Arctic Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum | July 2011 - January 2012

Opening on 14 July 2011 High Arctic, the new digital exhibition at the National Maritime Museum (NMM) is the creative response of Matt Clark to his experience of the Arctic, his personal narrative, inviting us to reflect on the environment and the impact of our behaviour on the natural world. Matt and the UVA team are working with both the NMM's and Cape Farewell’s extensive archives and experience to develop an digital installation for the NMM’s forthcoming Special Exhibitions Gallery. The exhibition, titled High Arctic, will launch as the first temporary show in the Museum's new Sammy Ofer Wing.

Alongside the exhibition Cape Farewell and the National Maritime Museum are running a nationwide competition for young people aged 7 - 16, encouraging investigation and reflection on environmental issues and the creation of an artistic response.

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Deadline: 5 October 2014. An open call to Welsh based artists, for initial proposals for a multi-disciplined artwork to be sighted on the ground-breaking Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay. We are also inviting submissions from Swansea locals for proposals to enhance the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon area.

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Visit the Phytology site and Adopt A Plant on Sat 1st of August!

Facing Extinction Conference

Join us at the Gustav Metzger - Facing Extinction Conference at UCA Farnham, 7-8 June.

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Martha Wainwright plays the Luminato Festival in Toronto, 9 June.

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