AboutPeninsula Arts presents Landscapes of Exploration which maps and celebrates the relationship between arts and science. The exhibition brings together for the first time works resulting from different artistic investigations in Antarctica and shares the theme of the 2012 Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival, Explore, Dream, Discover.
Between 2001 and 2009, ten visual artists, one musician and three writers undertook residencies in Antarctica, supported by Arts Council England, exploring what perspectives art could offer on this terra incognita.
Curated by Liz Wells, the exhibition will run from 11 February to 31 March at the Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth. Works will be on display from Anne Brodie (artist), Layla Curtis (artist), Chris Dobrowolwki (artist), Chris Drury (landscape artist), Simon Faithfull (artist), Neville Gabie (visual artist/film maker), Keith Grant (painter), Phillip Hughes (painter), John Kelly (forensic artist), Craig Vear (composer), David Wheeler (artist), Melanie Challenger (poet), Jon McGregor (writer) and Jean McNeil (writer).
Craig Vear will also host a talk introducing his work at the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival on Saturday 11 February, including the sound installation The Guardian Diaries. Craig Vear is a composer and musician working predominantly in contemporary, improvised and electroacoustic music for the concert hall, installation and theatre. The Guardian Diaries was inspired by the time he spent in Antarctica creating a library of field recordings from 2003-4 when he held the Arts Council England Fellowship with the British Antarctic Survey.
In conjunction with the exhibition, True South Festival: Antarctica and Discovery takes place across Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February 2012, with artists, poets, performers and scientists coming together to offer new perspectives on discovery in the Antarctic region, and on the global significance of changes in Antarctica.