Landscapes of Exploration
Art from the British Antarctic Survey Artists and Writers Programme 2001-2009
Curated by Liz Wells
8 January - 19 February 2015
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) - Melanie Challenger (Writer) – Jon McGregor (Writer) – Jean McNeil (Writer)
Ten visual artists, one musician and three writers undertook residencies in the Antarctic between 2001 and 2009, under the auspices of the British Antarctic Survey, supported by Arts Council England.
This exhibition brings together the artists’ work resulting from their various investigations, offering an opportunity to reflect upon the very different subject matter, media and responses evident in the range of work produced.
Curated by Liz Wells, this exhibition foregrounds the role of contemporary art in examining Antarctica. What perspectives can art offer on this terra incognita, a forbidding environment where the temperature rarely rises above freezing, yet one which for scientists offers a wealth of geological and glaciological data including indicators of climate change?
Liz Wells is the Professor in Photographic Culture at Plymouth University. This exhibition was first shown at Peninsula Arts, Plymouth, in 2012.
Read an excerpt from Liz Wells’ Landscapes of Exploration Essay »
(Details of the full essay below)
EXHIBITION RELATED EVENTS
panel discussion, private view and formal opening:
Thursday 8 January 2015
5.00 – 7.00pm – Panel Discussion: The Frozen Landscape, will discuss Antarctica, environmental art and the ideas explored in the exhibition
6.00 - 7.00pm - Private View / Formal Opening
aub alumni talk in response to landscapes of exploration exhibition
Thursday 12 February 2015
5.00 – 6.00pm – Martin Hartley in conversation with Professor Jeffrey Baggott
Martin Hartley, AUB Alumnus (1988), is one of the world’s leading expedition and adventure travel photographers. He talks about life after AUB and his time in Antarctica.
6.00 – 7.00pm – Drinks Reception
THEGALLERY’S OUTREACH PROGRAMME
school workshop: “the landscape of drawing”
Wednesday 14 & Thursday 15 January 2015
10.00 - 12.00pm or 1.00 - 2.00pm
Led by Rob Harrison, Prep HE Lecturer
After a brief introduction of the Landscapes of Exploration exhibition, students will be encouraged to look at the artworks and photographs as a starting point. Informed by Antarctica, the participants will create their own landscapes through drawing, while experimenting with different forms of mark making.
THEGALLERY’S CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS — LED BY DR JAMES COLE, AUB’S CREATIVE WRITER IN RESIDENCE
James inspires others to unlock their imaginations and put pen to paper. He has delivered numerous writing workshops and school projects through his career.
schools and colleges writing workshop: “the ice lovers”
Thursday 5 February 2015
10.00am - 3.00pm
This exciting day-long workshop will examine the themes of identity and journeys, offering dynamic writing exercises and games, tailor-made resources, and the chance for students to write creatively and share their work in a professional environment.
Creative writing workshop: “night orders: from antarctica to the arctic”
Thursday 19 February 2015
5.30 - 7.30pm
James will discuss the Landscapes of Exploration exhibition, in a multi-faceted and multi-media narrative, exploring journeys, discoveries, life and the imagination. This evening workshop will offer participants the unique opportunity to engage with the exhibition through creative writing and expression.
Offered as part of our Short Evening Course Provision
Suitable for persons 16 +
FREE PUBLIC EVENT
LANDSCAPE OF EXPLORATION, LIZ WELLS
Landscapes of Exploration publication brings together imagery resulting from ten visual artists, one musician and three writers who visited the Antarctic between 2001 and 2009. Their residencies ranged from painting and print-making to sound, fiction, poetry and video art. With two essays from Liz Well: “Landscapes of Exploration” and from David Walton: “Visions Of Antarctica” reflecting the experiences of Antarctica
|Title||Landscapes of Exploration|
|Publisher||University of Plymouth Press, 2012|
Available to purchase from Amazon
Facing East, another liz wells publication
Published by text + work, TheGallery, AUB
£4.00/31 Pages, soft cover publication
Liz Wells curates Facing East, a collection of contemporary landscape photography from Baltic areas.
Available to purchase from TheGallery Office or the AUB Online Store
THE POWER OF ART IN BUSINESS
AN ARTS AND BUSINESS FREE PUBLIC LECTURE in partnership with westbeach
Thursday 29 January 2015
5.00 - 6.00pm - Paul Kinvig will talk how powerful the relationship between the arts & business can be in today’s society
6.00 - 7.00pm - Drinks Reception
FREE PUBLIC EVENT
JERWOOD DRAWING PRIZE EXHIBITION 2014
12 March – 16 April 2015
Formal Exhibition Event and Panel Discussion
Thursday 12 March
5.00 – 6.00pm – Panel Discussion: The Mark Making Process
Chaired by Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University
6.00 – 7.00pm – Formal Opening/Private View
Exhibition formally opened by Professor Stuart Bartholomew, CBE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, AUB