Education has always been at the heart of Cape Farewell and the partnership between artists, scientists and educators began on the very first art/science expedition in 2003. Cape Farewell has pioneered an innovative education programme for young people, aiming to facilitate and inspire learning about climate change, and to give young people a voice in the climate change debate.
Youth expeditions form the heart of the education programme, offering the chance for students to take part in voyages to some of the most fragile ecosystems of our planet to witness the dramatic environmental changes that are taking place, to undertake science research in the field and find creative ways of communicating climate issues to their schools and local communities.
Climate change is inherently cross-curricular. The youth expeditions have provided examples of science and art learning around climate. Videos, lesson plans and other resources for students and teachers are available on the learning resources page.
Cape Farewell is committed to supporting creative ways of engaging young people in climate issues. Past education projects include the world's first youth climate change summit, organised in conjunction with our exhibition at the Natural History Museum in 2006. More recently we ran a nationwide competition alongside the High Arctic exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, inviting young people to create digital artworks about environmental issues that concerned them.
Working in collaboration with the University of Arts London (Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges), Liverpool John Moore's University and University College Falmouth, Cape Farewell has created SHORTCOURSE/UK, an initiative that looks to question and reform society’s notions of what art education can be.
A surrogate art school of sorts, SHORTCOURSE/UK offers students a multi-disciplinary programme that combines creativity and criticism in an attempt to locate climate change in the cities, countryside, and coastlines of the UK. Seeking and directly engaging with a new generation of creative and scientific thinkers, the current programme involves a sequence of three intensive courses set up to consider the role of emerging artists and art students in designing and communicating a cultural shift towards ecological thinking and sustainability.
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