What will be the outcome?
Following expeditions made in 2003, 2004 and 2005, Cape Farewell created a series of exhibitions, named Art and Climate Change. Developed in co-operation with the Natural History Museum, the exhibition was shown in London, May to September 2006, and toured to Oxford, Newcastle and Liverpool receiving 279,864 visitors. The works travelled to Hamburg in 2007 and with the support of the British Council were shown at the Kampnagel Cultural Complex, April to May 2007. Selected pieces of work are currently on tour with the UN Environmental Programme/Natural World Museum exhibition, Envisioning Change, visiting Oslo, Brussels and Chicago. Art and Climate Change begins a global tour with Barbican Art Gallery, International Programme at the beginning of 2008.
Research and inspiration taken from the 2007 Greenland expedition will feed into Cape Farewell’s work with Southbank Centre and the Eden Project over the next three years. New and arresting artworks will be shown at both sites and will tour internationally in the US (Chicago and New York) and in Canada (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Nunavut). In 2006 Art from the Arctic was produced and broadcast to 476,000 in the UK. In 2007 it has been shown at film festivals across the World, twice on the Sundance Channel in the US and globally on BBC World to a collective global audience of over 10 million. The media team on the Greenland expedition will shoot footage that will be developed into a new feature-length film for theatrical release worldwide.
With British Council Canada, Cape Farewell is planning a sixth expedition in 2008. This voyage will circumnavigate Baffin Island and an even wider group of international students, educators, artists and scientists will be invited to join. Cape Farewell aims to involve as many as possible in the matter of climate change. It aims to inspire people to take a creative approach to tackling the issue.
‘You cannot solve the problem with the same kind of thinking that has created the problem.’