Eden Project Collaboration
An exciting collaboration bringing Cape Farewell’s experiences in the Arctic and the Andes to Cornwall, growing artworks up and out of the Eden Project site.
“To face the challenges ahead we need the best of our imagination and creativity, our technology and science, our humanity and vision. There are many synergies between the Cape Farewell and Eden Projects: both care deeply about our planet and look for ways to work with artists, scientists, educators, communicators and people from all walks of life to help create a brighter future. We like to show what individuals can achieve by working together and with the grain of nature. The Cape Farewell project is a wonderful example of how to explore issues and initiate discussions around climate change in an engaging, compelling and moving way, which is also positive and forward thinking.”Tim Smit, CEO Eden Project
The Cape Farewell | Eden Project Collaboration is an exciting venture which brings Cape Farewell’s experiences in the Arctic and the Andes to Cornwall. At the same time the collaboration grows artworks up and out of the site.
In 2007, Cape Farewell was invited by Peter Hampel, Creative Director at Eden, to help imagine how the Eden environment could be brought to life in new, art led and climate focused ways. Since then, site wide sound and visual installations have been presented at Eden, offering surprising encounters and unusual experiences to the visitor. Comic and musical performances have been given in the Mediterranean Biome and an exhibition about the Cape Farewell expeditions has been shown in the Core Building. Cape Farewell aims to stimulate fresh thinking about our future and its work is central to the Eden Project’s Climate Change programmes.
Slow Art Programme
The Cape Farewell | Eden Project Collaboration is part funded by Arts Council England South West. This funding has made possible the Slow Art Programme, a quietly revolutionary research programme in which artists are invited to set their own frameworks and to work according to their own and the Eden site’s natural rhythms. Supported by Eden staff, ideas grow organically and as research begins to bear fruit, projects are brought into the public events programme.
Freya Morgan – Fairy Tales for a Mended Earth
Artist Freya Morgan is working on a project for Eden’s Wild Chile arboretum. In September 2012 the artist embarked on a journey to Chile, to uncover the hidden stories of the Southern Beech tree, bringing them back to Eden where she will transform them into a new art installation for the Wild Chile site, in May 2013. The species used to cover the Antarctic continent 200 million years ago, but is now under threat in Chile.
Bullet Creative – The Arctic Gnome
Independent creative company Bullet are working with established sculptor Elly Voisin to create a large-scale, outdoor installation at the Eden Project for winter 2012. An ebbing sea of hundreds of white garden gnomes represent the extent of the disappearing Arctic sea ice – helping the public to picture the correlation between human action and the melting ice shelf. Watch the film
Nick Edwards – Sustainability & Expeditions
Inspired by his three Arctic voyages to the wilderness with Cape Farewell, landscape artist Nick Edwards is developing similar expeditions along local routes. Through these unique journeys Nick aims to transform people’s experience of an everyday environment. He has led a group along a historic riverbed that is today hidden, and is now creating a series of mini expeditions in the vicinity of Eden.
Thomas Duggan – Acer Seed
Thomas Duggan’s project is to study the beautiful maple seed and its path to germination, producing work inspired by his time on Cape Farewell’s Scottish Expedition in 2011. He says “The natural world is a fascination to me and to be guided by her as a medium to carry a story of climate change, new material development, design and play is my aim.”
Ackroyd & Harvey – Writhe
Growth, change and decay preoccupy Ackroyd & Harvey and much of their work focuses on time-based acts. Running a series of experiments studying the effects of weed killer on plants, the duo is developing a project called Writhe.
Michèle Noach – The Arctic Poppy Chronicles
Michèle presented the outcome of her 3-year collaborative research project with a new exhibition and book at Eden in April 2012. The project involved Michèle Noach (artist) and Ian Martin (Eden Project horticulturist) growing an Arctic poppy at the Eden Project from seed to investigate its adaptive behaviour when exposed to a climate warmer than normal, and see how it might fare with the currently rising temperatures of the High Arctic, from where the seeds were collected.
Tim Sutton & Vicky Long – Unplugged
Musicians from across Cornwall created and performed this ambitious ensemble work by composer Tim Sutton. Performed in the Outdoor Biome, the piece used no electro amplification, but used Eden’s natural acoustics. The music, inspired by Cornwall’s folk traditions and mining history, evoked connections between Eden’s origins, community and environment.
Bi-ot’ik Stage 2011
Eden Sessions 2011
Cape Farewell and Eden’s successful Bī-ŏt’ĭk stage returned to the Mediterranean Biome in the summer of 2011, with music, spoken word, comedy and conversation, cooked up in collaboration with the artists, Pestival, Lakin McCarthy, University of Sheffield School of Architecture, Manchester Aid to Kosovo, Telling Tales, Talkaoke and Greenpeace.
Bi-ot’ik Stage 2010
Eden Sessions 2010
Cape Farewell’s collaboration with the Eden Project continued during the 2010 Eden Sessions with Bi-ot’ik, a stage hosted over two days in the Mediterranean Biome featuring Grammy Award Nominated Zero 7, soulful Cape Fareweller Liam Frost and full band, Shlomo, one of the world’s leading beatboxers, Bellatrix and the Boxettes, Dizraeli, Rodney Branigan and reggae stars Backbeat Soundsystem.
Beth Derbyshire’s Anthem
Beth Derbyshire‘s live performance and film work Anthem, with music by acclaimed composer Ulrike Haage, premiered in Eden’s Mediterranean Biome, opening the Winter Season of the Cape Farewell and Eden collaboration. Anthem is a trilogy of films with a powerful choral component. The work explores notions of land, place and nation.
Eden Christmas Arts Cafe
Cape Farewell added a little spice to Eden’s Christmas Arts Café, with Daro Montag presenting the Biochar Project. Following the spectacular and transformative light show at Eden during summer, Chris Levine and Max Eastley collaborated again to produce work of a quieter, more intimate kind. Audiences also caught one of the final screenings of Beth Derbyshire’s Anthem.
Cool Sounds from the Frozen Arctic
Eden Sessions 2009
Cape Farewell joined the Eden Sessions for the first time as Shlomo, Marcus Brigstocke and Liam Frost performed in the Mediterranean Biome before Razorlight’s Eden Session.
Youth Expedition Portal
Visitors to the 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. Cape Farewell also worked with the creative and education teams at Eden to choose a student from the Cornish area to take part in the 2008 youth expedition.
Clare Twomey’s Blossom
Cape Farewell’s collaboration with the Eden Project was launched with a major commission, Blossom, by artist Clare Twomey. This expansive yet delicate work comprised 8,000 unfired china clay flowers, planted with the help of Eden’s horticultural team in the borders along the central pathways of the Eden site.
The season also saw a sound installation by Max Eastley and Vicky Long, Ice Rink, a photographic film and video installation by David Buckland and Eugene Sellors, a graphic exhibition following the routes of the 2007 expeditions, and Glacial Soundscape by Max Eastley.