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The Polar Museum presents Landscapes of Exploration, a joint exhibition with the Ruskin Gallery; representative pieces from each artist will be displayed either at The Polar Museum or at the Ruskin Gallery and visitors will be encouraged to move between the two galleries.
The forbidding environment of Antarctica is examined through the work of ten contemporary visual artists and one musician who undertook residencies in the Antarctic between 2001 and 2009 as part of the British Antarctic Survey’s Artists and Writers in Residence Scheme, supported by Arts Council England.
It is fitting that this exhibition, curated by Liz Wells, Professor in Photographic Culture at Plymouth University, and first shown at Peninsula Arts, Plymouth in 2012, is now being exhibited in Cambridge, home of the British Antarctic Survey and the Scott Polar Research Institute.
The exhibition is characterised by a range of themes and media (from oil paintings and prints to video, audio and sculptural installations). Several of the artists respond to the Antarctic environment through exploring phenomena such as the surface of the land, documenting sounds and the qualities of the summer light. Chris Drury, who will discuss his experience of creating work in such adverse conditions ‘in conversation’ at The Polar Museum on 29 October, observes the characteristics of wildlife such as the albatross. Others focus on the journey to Antarctica, the impact of human presence and modes of transport.
Professor Julian Dowdeswell, Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute is enthusiastic about these works being exhibited in Cambridge, “Here at the Scott Polar Research Institute and The Polar Museum we have a very close working relationship with the British Antarctic Survey. We have been very supportive of their Artists and Writers in Residence Scheme and as Cambridge is a hub for Polar research and activity it seems fitting that artworks produced as a result of work in the Antarctic are being displayed here. We are delighted to be partnering with the Ruskin Gallery at Anglia Ruskin University in this joint exhibition and hope visitors can appreciate a variety of art forms across the two spaces.”
The launch of the exhibition was held on Wednesday 2 October and saw the artists and members of the museum and gallery staff gather to officially open the exhibition at both venues. The exhibition continues at the Ruskin Gallery until 24 October and at The Polar Museum until 16 November.
Anne Brodie (Artist); Layla Curtis (Artist)*; Chris Dobrowolski (Sculptor)†;
Chris Drury (Landscape artist)*; Simon Faithfull (Artist)*;
Neville Gabie (Visual artist /Film maker); Keith Grant (Painter)†;
Philip Hughes (Painter)†; John Kelly (Forensic Artist)†; Craig Vear (Composer)†;
David Wheeler (Artist/Artistic Director IOU)*;
* principally at Ruskin Gallery; † Polar Museum only