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Cape Farewell

Art and climate change

16 September 2006 - 28 January 2007

Please note that this exhibition has now closed

artwork that gives the appearance of a whale skeleton covered in ice
'Stranded', Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey.
Whale bones, aluminium, potassium, salt (2005-6)

Created by artist David Buckland, Cape Farewell has taken artists, scientists and educators on a series of expeditions to the High Arctic to collectively address and raise awareness about climate change. Aboard the schooner Nooderlicht, they voyaged through the seas that hold the key to understanding changes in our weather patterns and climate, 79° north to the Svalbard archipelago.

Cape Farewell - art and climate change brought together commissioned work from the artists, inspired by their journeys to the Arctic. The exhibition was created in partnership with the Natural History Museum in London, where it was shown from June to September 2006. It was specially recreated for a multi-site installation for the Liverpool Biennial, in partnership with National Museums Liverpool and Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University.

The Conservation Centre featured work by Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey, Alex Hartley, David Buckland and Gautier Deblonde.

Gary Hume and Nick Edwards exhibited in the Walker Art Gallery's part of the exhibition. Work by the artists Peter Clegg, Siobhan Davies, Max Eastley, Antony Gormley, Ian McEwan, Michèle Noach and Rachel Whiteread was exhibited at the other Liverpool exhibitions - Liverpool School of Art and Design, Hope Street, Liverpool Cathedral and the Albert Dock - during the 2006 Biennial.

text in ice block: The cold library of ice
'Ice Texts', David Buckland. Iris prints bonded to glass (2004-5)


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Thanks to

All the artists involved in the Cape Farewell project: Heather Ackroyd, Kathy Barber, David Buckland, Peter Clegg, Siobhan Davies, Gautier Deblonde, Max Eastley, Nick Edwards, Gretel Ehrlich, Antony Gormley, Alex Hartley, Dan Harvey, David Hinton, Gary Hume, Ian McEwan, Michèle Noach, Suba Subramaniam, Rachel Whiteread.

The Noorderlicht crew, all those who have been on the Cape Farewell expeditions, and the Cape Farewell Board of Trustees.

Cape Farewell Basecamp: David Buckland, Sam Collins, Karen Fardell, Emma Gladstone, Greg Hilty - plusequals agency,  Anita Ingram, Alexandra Lambert, Vicki Lewis, Vicky Long, Sarah Macnee, Siôn Parkinson, Janette Scott.

Colin Fallows at the Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University.

Natural History Museum: Bob Bloomfield, Bergit Arends, Jacqui Staerck and the Exhibition Project Team.