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In August 2013 we set sail from Stromness on our second Sea Change expedition, aboard Lerwick community boat The Swan, with a crew of 27 artists, scientists and informers. More ›

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The expedition crew of 27 includes a wide range of scientific and creative folk.
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Andy Crabb

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Joins the expedition for week 1 Andy Crabb is a film and image-maker with more than 20 years experience.

Ben Duffin

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Joins the expedition for week Ben works with the GalGael Trust in Govan, Glasgow as a traditional boatbuilder and teacher.

Bryony Lavery

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Joins the expedition for week 1 Bryony Lavery is a playwright. Her plays include Her Aching Heart (Pink Paper Play Of The Year 1992), Last Easter and A Wedding Story (2000).

Caroline Wickham-Jones

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Joins the expedition for week 2 Caroline Wickham-Jones is a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen. She lives in the islands of Orkney.

Charlotte Main

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Joins the expedition for week 1 and 2 Charlotte's research is concerned with pollution and what happens to ecosystems in the event of a huge oil spill.

David Buckland

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Joins the expedition for week 2 and 3 David Buckland is an artist. He created and now directs the Cape Farewell project, bringing artists, scientists and educators together to collectively address and raise awareness about climate change.

Deirdre Nelson

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Joins the expedition for week 2 and 3 Deirdre Nelson is an artist working mainly in textiles. Her nomadic nature and interest in communities have allowed her to develop work for exhibiton and on residencies both in UK and Australia.

Geneviève Perron

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Joins the expedition for week 2 Geneviève Perron is a Montreal based cinematographer working on feature and documentary films.

Gorm Ashurst

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Joins the expedition for week 3 "We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of a dream" -Willy Wonker

Inge Thomson

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Joins the expedition for week 2 Inge Thomson comes from the tiny isolated island of Fair Isle. She grew up singing and playing the accordion with her musical family before cutting her gigging teeth with folk-pop quintet ‘Drop the Box’.

James Brady

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Joins the expedition for week 1 and 2 Based on the Wirral peninsula coast in Merseyside, James is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and activist. Through his diverse practice he endeavours to reveal creative patterns embodied within our symbiosis with places, environments and natural systems.

Jennifer Wilcox

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Joins the expedition for week 1 and 2 Working primarily with photographic media, Jennifer Wilcox is interested in researching and visually documenting the relationship between man and hostile environment.

Jens Ambsdorf

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Joins the expedition for week 1 Jens Ambsdorf is the Executive Director of the Lighthouse Foundation in Germany.

Jo Royle

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Joins the expedition for week 3 Jo Royle, 31, is an internationally recognised ocean sailing skipper, who has sailed as far north as Iceland and south to the Antarctic. In 2004 she circumnavigated South Georgia, where she witnessed first-hand the detrimental effects of human – influenced climate change.

John Cumming

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Joins the expedition for week 2 John is a sculpter based in Stromness, Orkney.

Karine Polwart

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Joins the expedition for week 1 Karine draws from Scottish folk music’s long storytelling tradition while keeping pace with the ceaselessly changing times.

Kate Johnson

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Joins the expedition for week 2 Kate is a civil engineer and marine scientist, she was brought up by the sea and she has made it the focus of her career.

Ruth Little

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Joins the expedition for week 1, 2 and 3 Ruth Little is a theatre and dance dramaturg, a teacher and writer. She lectured in English literature at the University of Sydney, and was artistic associate at the Young Vic. She was literary manager at Out of Joint, Soho Theatre and the Royal Court. Ruth is currently associate director at Cape Farewell, where she is curating Sea Change, a 4-year programme of interdisciplinary research.

Ruth MacLennan

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Joins the expedition for week 1 and 2 Ruth is a video installation artist.

Sabrina Mahfouz

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Joins the expedition for week 3 Sabrina Mahfouz is a poet, playwright, performer and writer. She has just won the 2013 Sky Arts Futures Fund Award for her poetry work

Sandy Kerr

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Joins the expedition for week 2 Dr Kerr is a lecturer at Heriot-Watt University’s International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT), based on the University’s Orkney campus.

Sarah Fortin

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Joins the expedition for week 2 Sarah Fortin studied Cinema at Université du Québec à Montréal, where she directed her first short film, Deux enfants qui fument (Two Smoking Kids) in 2004, who had a successful career in the circuit of national and international festivals.

Susana Baston

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Joins the expedition for week 1 Susana is an Oceanographer, she always has lived close to the shoreline and she has a lifelong interest in ocean dynamics.

Tam Treanor

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Joins the expedition for week 2 and 3 Tam Treanor (MSc) is a Sound Designer and Software Developer based in Edinburgh (UK). He specialises in building adaptive software applications and data sonification systems

Teresa Elwes

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Joins the expedition for week 1 and 2 Teresa Elwes is a letter designer and carver, forensic psychologist and director of a grant making foundation that supports work in human rights, justice and the environment.

Tom Rand

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Joins the expedition for week 2 and 3 Tom focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation and is active in Cleantech venture capital, technology incubation and commercialization, and public advocacy.

Ursula Biemann

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Joins the expedition for week 2 and 3 Ursula Biemann is a video essayist, theorist and widely exhibited artist based in Zurich. Her practice is strongly research oriented and involves fieldwork and video documentation in remote locations.

Yasmine Ostendorf

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Joins the expedition for week 3 Yasmine Ostendorf recently joined the Cape Farewell team.