'Landscapes of Exploration', A touring exhibition to Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth, 2012; Scott Polar Research Institute & Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge 2013
all images, Anne Brodie
'Landscapes of Exploration'
14 January – 21 January 2012
Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth
4-24 October 2013
Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
4 October-16 November 2013
Scott Polar Institute, Cambridge
Curated by Liz Wells, Professor in photographic culture, University of Plymouth. Landscapes of Exploration foregrounds the role of contemporary art in examining Antarctica. What perspectives can art offer on this terra incognita, a forbidding environment where the temperature rarely rises above freezing, yet one which for scientists offers a wealth of geological and glacial data including indicators of climate change.
Ten visual artists, one musician and three writers undertook residencies in the Antarctic between 2001 and 2009, under the auspices of the British Antarctic Survey, supported by Arts Council England. This exhibition brought together for the first time art resulting from the various artistic investigations, offering an opportunity to reflect upon the very different subject matter, media and responses evident in the range of work produced.
An accompanying series of lectures were run to expand on the artists interpretation of the Scott 100 events.
Anne Brodie (Artist); Layla Curtis (Artist); Chris Dobrowolski (Sculptor); Chris Drury (Landscape artist); Simon Faithfull (Artist); Neville Gabie (Visual artist /Film maker); Keith Grant (Painter); Philip Hughes (Painter); John Kelly (Forensic Artist); Craig Vear (Composer); David Wheeler (Artist/Artistic Director IOU);