Cape Farewell - Art & Climate Change

London, Liverpool, Hamburg, Madrid, Tokyo, USA

2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2010

Ackroyd & Harvey, Kathy Barber, David Buckland, Peter Clegg, Siobhan Davies, Gautier Deblonde, Max Eastley, Nick Edwards, Antony Gormley, Alex Hartley, David Hinton, Gary Hume, Ian McEwan, Michèle Noach, Rachel Whiteread

Cape Farewell's Art & Climate Change, created in partnership with the Natural History Museum in 2006, presented contemporary art, designed to deepen our understanding of climate change. Originally shown in the Natural History Museum's Jerwood Gallery, the exhibition offered a unique insight into the experiences of artists and writers who have traveled to the High Arctic with Cape Farewell. The exhibition was shown as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2006, in Hamburg 2007, 2008 in Madrid and Tokyo and finally in 2010 at Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan. The Barbican Touring Ltd managed the exhibition’s international tour, bringing Art & Climate Change to a worldwide audience. The tour launched in February 2008 at the Fundacion Canal in Madrid, and with interest from a whole host of international venues toured the world for more than three years.

  • Cranbrook Art Museum

    Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan

    31 Jan - 13 Jun 2010

    As part of the Artology series Art & Climate Change was shown at the Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan. To coincide with the exhibition, Cape Farewell Director, David Buckland took part in events across North America including The 10 in Toronto: the second in an international series of visioning sessions with ten leading figures in the climate change arena. ›

  • Miraikan

    Miraikan, Tokyo

    5 Jul - 17 Aug 2008

    In 2008, with support from the British Council Tokyo, the exhibition was shown in Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation; the Mirakain. The opening on 5 July coincided with the G8 conference in Hokkaido and was attended by Sarah Brown. With an immense response in the national media and over 45,000 visitors the exhibition was a huge success in Japan. ›

  • Fundacion Canal, Madrid

    Fundación Canal, Madrid

    7 Feb - 27 Apr 2008

    In partnership with the Barbican Touring Ltd Art & Climate Change began it's international tour in February 2008, showing at the Fundacion Canal, a new space in Madrid’s cultural quarter. Celebrated in the national press and media, the show was a great success. ›

  • Kampnagel

    Kampnagel Cultural Centre, Hamburg

    21 Mar - 22 Apr 2007

    Art & Climate Change visited the vast industrial space of the Kampnagel Cultural Centre, in collaboration with the British Council, Germany. A series of artists' talks and events were held alongside the exhibition. At Hamburg's Planetarium Max Eastley performed ARCTIC and Westwerk hosted a new performance work by William Hunt. Following the G8 Summit Cape Farewell and Tipping Point organised a climate change conference in Potsdam, the first of its kind in mainland Europe. ›

  • Liverpool Biennial

    Liverpool Biennial

    16 Sept - 26 Nov 2006

    For the Liverpool Biennial 2006, Cape Farewell - Art & Climate Change brought together - for the first time - the Liverpool School of Art and Design, Walker Art Gallery, National Conservation Centre, Liverpool Cathedral and the Albert Dock, interweaving sculpture, photography, painting, video and sound within the city's historic and contemporary spaces. ›

  • Natural History Museum

    Natural History Museum, London

    3 Jun - 3 Sept 2006

    Created in partnership with the Natural History Museum in 2006 The Ship: The Art of Climate Change was shown in the museum's Jerwood Gallery, accompanied by Cape Farewell's first book Burning Ice. Related events include the Student Summit, aimed at improving awareness and inspiring advocacy in young adults, with speakers including Sir David King. ›


About The Exhibition

Through photography, film and video, sound and painting each artwork is a personal response to the effects of changing weather patterns, disappearing ice, rising sea levels, alterations in biodiversity and the build-up of toxic chemicals in the seemingly pristine landscape of the Arctic.

For Stranded, Ackroyd & Harvey retrieved the bones from a carcass of a minke whale beached near Skegness. Creating a 6 metre long sculpture using the entire whale skeleton they applied a special crystallisation process encrusting the bones with alum crystals. In the gallery the sculpture is displayed on a low illuminated plinth. The precious fragility of the sculpture enhances the importance of the whale and how it acts as a barometer in a complex marine environment.

Working with fashion designer Jonathan Saunders, Siobhan Davies created a projection, Endangered Species. A tiny woman dances gracefully inside a museum display case, her movements exaggerated by a costume of long bending rods that increase in number as her dance progresses. Whilst at first they liberate by extending the boundaries of her body, the many rods eventually restrict and finally extinguish her small life form.

David Buckland exhibited his glacial Ice Texts alongside The End of Ice - a large-scale video projection of the 42-minute demise of an iceberg.

Nymark (Undiscovered Island), Alex Hartley photographic piece echoed the journeys of the early Arctic explorers in describing the process of finding and naming a 'new' island; one only uncovered in the last five years by a retreating glacier. The Svalbard Series, Gautier Deblonde's photo-essay documents the stark vagaries of human existence in the High Arctic.

Other works included photographic representation of Antony Gormley and Peter Clegg's Three Made Places , an ice work created in the High Arctic, and Gary Hume's Hermaphrodite Polar Bear. Resonating eerily through the gallery space was Ice Field, Max Eastley's soundwork of cracking, melting ice.