High Arctic Competition

Finalists & Winners

There were some excellent entries, and six groups were shortlisted to attend a prize day on 9 January 2012.

From the entries, judges chose a winning group from each age category, as well as an overall winning group. View the competition finalists and winners.

The Competition

In 2011 Cape Farewell and the National Maritime Museum ran a nationwide competition, alongside the High Arctic exhibition, inviting young people to reflect on environmental issues that concerned them, and in groups to create a piece of art that communicated their concern for the environment and how the changes are affecting them.

Matt Clark, digital artist and artistic director of United Visual Artists (UVA), took part in Cape Farewell’s 2010 sailing expedition to Svalbard and Spitsbergen in the High Arctic. He encountered the inspiring beauty of the Arctic environment and reflected on the dramatic changes that have taken place in the Arctic as a result of our behaviour – exploiting the region’s resources and the impacts of our carbon emissions and consumption.

Working alongside scientists undertaking field research on the expedition he tried to understand the complexity of climate change. You can follow Matt's journey in his expedition blog.

The High Arctic exhibition was a creative response to his experience of the Arctic, his personal narrative, inviting us to reflect on the environment and the impact of our behaviour on the natural world.

The competition invited young people, aged 7 -16, to do the same. To investigate an environmental issue, specifically relating to the sea, water, climate/weather - whether a local or global issue - and to create a piece of art that communicated their concern for the issue.

For inspiration, we gathered some of the creative responses made by other professional artists that have taken part in Cape Farewell’s expeditions (above). Each is their own personal story, their own creative response to an environmental issue that concerns them, inviting us to think differently about environmental issues and our impacts on the environment. All the artworks were rooted in science research and personal investigation.

Students were also encouraged to explore how other young people had investigated climate issues and been inspired to create artistic responses to help communicate environmental issues that concern them. Cape Farewell have led several youth expeditions to the Arctic, just like the expedition Matt Clark went on, giving students the opportunity to undertake science research and stimulate their imagination.