Sam Collins


Sam Collins joined Cape Farewell on the 2008 Disko Bay Expedition, visiting the spectacular Disko Bay area of West Greenland with over 40 international artists, journalists and scientists.

Sam Collins is an artist, designer and collaborator. He has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions, and has in recent years concentrated on the design and production of large-scale art projects, and theatre.

He has worked with Artangel since 2002, working with artists such as Steve McQueen, Matthew Barney, Gregor Schneider, Kutlug Ataman, Paul Pfeiffer and Heiner Goebbels. As a Designer he has worked on a diverse range of projects with numerous artists and organisations including, LIFT, Homeworks (Beirut) and Cape Farewell.

In 2004 Sam began collaborating with Siobhan Davies Dance as Designer on Bird Song (2004/05), In Plain Clothes (2006) and Two Quartets (2007).

Recent design projects include Il Tempo Del Postino – Group Show, an Opera/Art Exhibition with curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno, as part of Manchester International Festival in July 2007, and Richard III – An Arab Tragedy, a contemporary Arabic production of Shakespeare, with Sulayman Al Bassam Theatre Company. Sam also designed Drifting + Tilting – the Songs of Scott Walker, a staged concert performed at the Barbican in November 2008. 

Iceberg through the porthole of the Grigory Mikheev in Disko Bay
Icebergs photographed from the deck of the Grigory Mikheev as we approach Disko Bay
Sam Collins on the Grigory Mikheev during the 2008 Disko Bay expedition
Geoscientist Carol Cotterill looks at layers of sediments under the sea bed in Disko Bay in the survey profiles completed during the expedition
Walking on Little Eqe, near the mouth of the Disko Bay ice fjord
Justifying Bad Behaviour, an artwork by Francesca Galeazzi created during the expedition
Godhavn shore littered with ice
Uummannaq, the most northerly settlement we visited during the expedition
Ryuichi Sakamoto records sound at the mouth of Sermeg Avangnardleq Glacier
David Buckland, Martha Wainwright, KT Tunstall, Jarvis Cocker, Feist and Vanessa Carlton
Oceanographer Emily Venables deploys the Argo float, a remote unit programmed to follow and monitor the West Greenland Current
Artwork by Sunand Prasad visualising the volume of one tonne of CO2, the average emission per person per month in the UK
KT Tunstall and Oceanographer Emily Venables review maps of the Disko Bay area during the expedition
Disko Bay

Sam Collins on the Grigory Mikheev during the 2008 Disko Bay expedition