We intend to communicate through art works our understanding of the changing climate on a human scale, so that our individual lives can have meaning in what is a global problem.
David Buckland

Unfold exhibits the work of twenty-five artists who have participated in the Cape Farewell expeditions in 2007 and 2008 to the High Arctic and in 2009 to the Andes. Each artist witnessed firsthand the dramatic and fragile environmental tipping points of climate change. Their innovative, independent and collective responses explore the physical, emotional and political dimensions of our complex and changing world stressed by profligate human activity.

This body of work addresses a new process of thinking where artists play an informed and significant role through creating a cultural shift, a challenge to evolve and inspire a symbiotic contract with our spiritual and physical world.

The exhbition has toured extensively and was last to be seen in China at CAFA in Beijing. Read what the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian and the China Daily had to say about it.


Unfold. A Cultural Response to Cimate Change profiles the work of the artists in the exhibition and also proposes a number of creative and innovative responses to climate change aimed at stimulating discourse and a wider engagement with the climate debate. The texts by Gerald Bast, Steve Kapelke, Chris Rapley, David Buckland, Chris Wainwright and Helga Kromp-Kolb provoke, within an educational context, a discussion around what are the legitimate agendas for arts education and arts practitioners, in relation to some of the most pressing and urgent issues of our times. The publication has been made possible through a unique collaboration between Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of University of the Arts London, Columbia College Chicago and University of Applied Arts Vienna, in partnership with Cape Farewell.
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And check out the U-n-f-o-l-d broadcast

Some events of the series of exciting lectures, panels and special events that took place in New York are broadcasted on newschoolradio.org.
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New Generation - SHORTCOURSE/UK

Unfold is part of our New Generation programme, a groundbreaking initiative that could help reform society’s notions of what art education can be. It will question ideas of what it is to be an artist in a world of fast-evolving social and cultural change.
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  • 29 May - 19 June 2013
    The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing
  • 8 Mar - 26 Apr 2012
    Liverpool, UK
    Liverpool John Moores University
  • 30 Sept - 15 Dec 2011
    New York, USA
    Parsons The New School for Design
  • 16 Mar – 23 Apr 2011
    Columbia College Chicago, USA:
    Museum of Contemporary Photography
    The Glass Curtain Gallery
  • 26 Nov 2010 - 22 Jan 2011
    Newlyn / Penzance, UK
    University College Falmouth:
    Newlyn Art Gallery
  • 8 Oct – 12 Nov 2010
    Newcastle, UK
    University Gallery Northumbria
  • 20 Aug – 2 Oct 2010
    London, UK
    Kings Place Gallery
  • 18 May – 8 June 2010
    Vienna, Austria
    University of Applied Arts