It is a well-developed argument that, for humanity to live within our ecological means, we have to challenge notions of perpetual economic growth and curb our carbon footprint. The Covid-19 crisis has demanded that: we travel less; our economy slows; we work from home; we consume less. This is designed to stop the spread of the virus, but it has also resulted, for the first time in four decades, in a reduction of CO2 levels, a major reduction in Nitrogen Oxide, a greater community spirit and potentially a greater ecological balance. Could this be the new norm? This is an interesting outcome and its meaning is not lost on the climate and environment scientists, sociologists and the creative estate. 

Cape Farewell too, is feeling the impact of the crisis: the work that we had scheduled for the coming months will either be postponed until later in the year, or early 2021; we will broadcast updates as they become available.  

Regardless, we remain deeply committed to working with artists and feel the particular urgency of supporting them during this time.  Uniquely placed to give us a cultural handle on what it means to be human, we feel that artists have a key role to play in helping us through these unprecedented times, providing a focus on our place in the world, the role of our physical ‘home’ and of our collective wellbeing.  

To this end, we are exploring new ways that we can commission work during the crisis, either through digital projects, or through opportunities for artists to work whilst social distancing.

Our team continues to work remotely, with David based at the WaterShed. We are contactable through usual channels. 

Please keep in touch as we all move forward and stay safe and mindful of others.

David Buckland, Kim Bardgett and Steffy Clements