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David Buckland

Artist and Director of Cape Farewell

Since 2001 David Buckland has created and now directs the Cape Farewell project, bringing artists, scientists and educators together to collectively address and raise awareness about climate change. The artists have already been the subject of a film for The Culture Show and a BBC documentary. The art resulting from these fruitful journeys has been shown at the Natural History Museum, London, the Liverpool Biennial and the Sage Gateshead, Newcastle.

David is a designer, artist and film-maker whose lens-based works have been exhibited in numerous galleries in London, Paris and New York and collected by the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Metropolitan Museum, New York and the Getty Collection, Los Angeles amongst others.

In 1999 David presented a one-man show of digitally mastered portraits of performers at London's National Portrait Gallery, which attracted over 100,000 visitors. Three new commissions, all in the USA, from MasterCard, Vanguard Insurance and Royal Caribbean have just been completed. Each entailed huge digital constructions on glass for the new atriums of each company.


Five books of his photographs have been published including works on the Trojan Wars and The Last Judgment featuring the sculptures of Sir Anthony Caro, and two monographs of his own work. He has designed over 20 stage sets, as well as costumes, for The Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Second Stride, Compagnie Cré-Ange and Siobhan Davies Dance Company. His short film for the Dance for the Camera season Dwell Time was broadcast on BBC1 in January 1996.

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David Buckland 2001

"Climate change is a reality. Caused by us all, it is a cultural, social and economic problem and must move beyond scientific debate. Cape Farewell is committed to the notion that artists can engage the public in this issue, through creative insight and vision. The Arctic is an extraordinary place to visit. It is a place in which to be inspired, a place which urges us to face up to what it is we stand to lose."

David Buckland, Untitled, 2003
David Buckland, Ice Texts, 2004–2005
David Buckland, End of Ice, 2006, (detail)
David Buckland, Black Ice Shard 4, 2006
ARCTIC by David Buckland and Max Eastley in the Pritzker Pavilion of Chicagos Millennium Park, 2007
ARCTIC by David Buckland and Max Eastley in the Pritzker Pavilion of Chicagos Millennium Park, 2007
David Buckland, Ice Texts, 2004–2005. Screened at Somerset House, 2005
David Buckland, Water Wall, 2005 (still)
David Buckland, The Messenger, 2005 (still)
David Buckland, Icesheet, 2003
David Buckland, Ice Texts, 2004–2005
David Buckland, Ice Texts, 2004–2005
David Buckland, Ice Texts, 2004–2005
End of Ice video

David Buckland, End of Ice, 2006, (detail)