Included here are notices of lectures, conferences and other gatherings or events of Antarctic interest that appeared in 2009 and 2010 in 'Antarctic Events' but are now history.
Last updated: 5 February 2011.
Friends of SPRI Events In Cambridge (16, 30 October; 13, 27 November 2010. Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge).
Race to the End of the Earth (29 May 2010 - 2 January 2011. American Museum of Natural History, New York City).
James Caird Society AGM, Members' Evening and Lecture (12 November 2010. Dulwich College, London).
10th Ernest Shackleton Autumn School (22-25 October 2010. Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland).
"Rock, Ice, and Eggs – The Science of Scott's Last Expedition" Andy Clarke and Meredith Hooper (20 October 2010. Royal Geographical Society, London, UK).
Art of Exploration: The Polar Vision of Sir Wally Herbert (30 May - 30 August 2009. Cafe, Discovery Point, Dundee. June-September 2010. Grenna Museum, Grenna, Sweden).
Friends of SPRI Events in Cambridge (6, 20 February; 6, 20 March; 10 July, 2010. Brentwood, Coniston, Cumbria, UK).
Antarctic Visions: Cultural Perspectives on the Southern Continent (21-23 June 2010. Hobart, Tasmania).
"A Terrible Beauty" Works of Edward Wilson (12 March-30 May 2010. Breantwood, Coniston, Cumbria, UK).
James Caird Society Members' Evening and Lecture (7 May 2010. Dulwich College, London).
The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography (2 October 2009-11 April 2010. The Queen', Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland).
69° South: The Shackleton Project (13 March 2010. MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts).
SPRI Michaelmas Term Lectures (31 October and 28 November 2009. Pfizer Lecture Theatre, School of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, Cambridge).
Friends of SPRI—AGM (14 November 2009. BMS theatre, Cambridge).
James Caird Society—AGM and Members' Evening (14 November 2009. Dulwich College, London).
9th Annual Shackleton Autumn School (23-26 October 2009. Athy Heritage Centre, Athy, Ireland).
Two Polar Exhibitions at The Peobody Essex Museum: 'Polar Attractions' And 'To The Ends Of The Earth, Painting The Polar Landscape' (Through 1 March and through June 2009. Peobody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts).
Friends of SPRI Summer Lunch (6 June 2009. Cambridge).
Face To Face: Polar Portraits (Various dates and venues).
James Caird Society Members' Evening and Lecture. (8 May 2009. Dulwich College, London).
Antarctic Witness. (24 March - 23 April 2009. Royal Geographical Society, London).
Memorial Celebration for Sir Wally Herbert and Dr. Fritz Koerner. (7 April 2009. Royal Geographical Society, London).
Nimrod—An Exhibition Celebrating the Centenary of Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909 (21 October 2008 - 4 April 2009. Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge).
Icescapes; Impressions from the Polar Regions. The Work of Lucia deLeiris (17 January - 29 March 2009. Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI).
The RRS William Scoresby—Cradle to Grave (7 March 2009. SPRI, Cambridge).
Islands to Ice—The Great Southern Ocean & Antarctica (8 March 2006 to 1 March 2009. Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart).
16 October 2010. "Sir Hubert Wilkins Forgotten Hero?"
Jim McNeill, Explorer and Adventure Travel organiser
Highly accomplished explorer, award winning cinematographer, record breaking sub-mariner and pioneering aviator, Australian born Sir Hubert Wilkins was a true hero of his time with ticker tape parades in New York and global news coverage celebrating his amazing acts of derring-do and serious exploration. Why is it then that few, today, have heard of him and even fewer know of the length and breadth of his exploits? Jim McNeill presents a thought provoking potted history and relates it to modern-day exploration. SPRI Lecture Theatre.
There's an introductory film that gives a quick overview of Antarctica, then shows some historic footage of Scott and Amundsen. As it concludes you are invited to take 4x6 cards from a dispenser, six cards in all, each one focusing on a member of the either the British Team Scott, Cherry-Garrard, Bowers) or the Norwegian Team (Amundsen, Bjaaland, Wisting). The cards allow you to choose a person to "follow" through the exhibition. On one side is the name, a photograph and a characterization (e.g. Ski Champion). On the other side is another couple of photos, and three categories: age, personality, expertise. Kind of hokey, I suppose, but they make nice souvenirs. There are various hands-on exhibits which seemed popular. At least one kindle-type photo book you can page through (although a little cranky when I used it.) There are very well done panels on "sailcloth with grommets" that give information on the two expeditions. Terra Nova in BLUE; Fram in RED. There are two recreations of the Cape Evans hut: "Scott's Den" and "The Tenements". Pretty accurate, I thought. Close by is a full-size diorama of Cape Crozier (based on a Wilson watercolor) with beautifully and realistically executed 'plastic' penguins. According to MacPhee, the night sky with its stars is accurately based on the sky at the time that Wilson, Bowers and Cherry-Garrard were there on their egg-collecting journey. There's an exhibit detailing and explaining the difference between the clothing used by Scott (gaberdine, etc.) and Amundsen (furs). The under-ice workroom at Framheim is recreated, the runners of a sledge in the process of being planed down. There are four small excellent and instructive dioramas in plexiglas cases: 1) Breakdown of a motor sledge; 2) Ponies behind a snow wall; 3) Two Amundsen dog teams; and 4) Daily rations, based on the Ponting photograph. These were created by artisans at the AMNH, masters of this craft. The timelines of Amundsen and Scott as they progress to the Pole are excellent. They start off not by giving the actual date but by stating "Day 1…Day 2…, etc. for each expedition, color-coded red and blue. (Those going through the exhibit are assumed not to know who "won" the race.) Once one comes upon Amundsen's tent in a circular enclosure (i.e. arrival at the Pole; a nice reproduction of the tent with projected views of the polar plateau on the surfaces of the enclosure), the timeline turns to actual dates, beginning with Amundsen (16 January onward) and then Scott (24 January onward). Another large-size diorama of "Arrival at Depot in Mid-Ice Shelf," is evocative. There is a replica of a sledging medical kit; indeed, some excellent replicas throughout, produced by the AMNH. There is an animated video version of "The Sphere" return-from-the-pole segment which runs for a few minutes. At the end of the exhibition is a section on Antarctic science and some underwater video by Norbert Wu. Also some fossils and an exhibit "Ice Free to Ice Bound." There are interactive maps (push a button) which highlight things such as:The exhibition's website—once you get past the annoying blizzard sound effects—has a variety of information including quite a few photographs, historic and modern. http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/race/ All in all, well worth a visit. —R. Stephenson
- Ice bergs
- Katabatic winds
- Currents and storms
- Sea ice
- Two landmasses
- Buried mountains
- Many lakes
- Lake Vostok
- Ice collapse
- Ice thinning
- Habitat loss On display here is an Australian "Prefab Igloo" (referred to as an "apple" or "tomato"). Concluding the exhibition are "Polar Portraits" by Scott Sternbach, who participated in the NSF Artitsts and Writers Program: Eight large black and white photographs of scientists and support workers. Well, the conclusion is actually the special museum shop you end up in as you leave the exhibition. I came away with a coffee mug and a couple of books. ON DISPLAY from various institutions: From Scott Polar Research Institute:
- Two oil paintings showing Ross's Erebus and Terror.
- Cherry-Garrard's camera.
- Two pairs of Scott's goggles.
- Cherry-Garrard's goggles.
- Sun compass.
- Aneroid barometer.
- Canvas journal wallet.
- Man-hauling harness.
- Spiked ice crampons.
- Pony snow shoe.
- Mt Buckley coal brought back by Scott.
- Letter from Scott to Mr and Mrs Reginald Smith, dated March 1912. On sheet torn from sledging journal. From the Fram Museum:
- Amundsen's movie camera.
- Wisting's compass.
- Amundsen's skis.
- Ice axe.
- Medical kit. From the National Maritime Museum:
- Scott's pocket watch.
- Terra Nova saucer.
- Theodolite from Terra Nova expedition.
- Sealskin overshoes attributed to Scott.
- Cook's Voyage to the South Pole. From the American Museum of Natural History:
- Hudson's journal of the Peacock (Wilkes' expedition)
- Amundsen's chronometer.
- Amundsen's shot gun.
- Amundsen's binoculars. From the Royal British Columbia Museum:
- Cecil Meares' sledge flag.
Friday, 12 November 2010, 6pm, Great Hall, Dulwich College, London.
Dr Frank Swinton, "Life at 75 degrees South."
22-25 October 2010. Athy, Co Kildare, Ireland.
This year's lineup as of 24 September:
Friday 22nd October 7.15pm Opening of Shackleton School and the exhibition "Last Days of the Arctic". 7.45pm The launch of Chet Ross's book "Lieutenant Nobu Shirase and the Japanese Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1912 - A Bibliography". The book will be launched by his Excellency Toshinao Urabe, Japanese Ambassador to Ireland. 8.30pm Shackleton Memorial Lecture by Fintan O'Toole. Saturday 23rd October 10.30am "Last Days of the Arctic" by Ragnar Axelsson. 12 noon "The SS Terra Nova (1884-1943) and other Polar Exploration Ships of the Heroic Age" by Mike Tarver. 1pm The Hon Alexandra Shackleton will unveil a plaque at Athy Town Hall dedicated to her grandfather Sir Ernest Shackleton. 2.30pm "The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition" by Dr T.H. Baughman. 4.00pm "Lieutenant Nobu Shirase and the Japanese Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1912" by Chet Ross. 8pm Autumn School Dinner at the Carlton Abbey Hotel. Sunday 24th October 10.30am "Uncovering the story of Scott's Other Expedition" by Meredith Hooper. 12 noon "Life inside drifting Antarctic pack ice" by Professor David Thomas. 2.30pm Afternoon Film - "Red Tent". 4.30pm Open forum chaired by Bob Headland. 9pm Drama/Music "Where a Single Footprint Lasts a Thousand Years" This October the school will premiere, in Shackleton country, a performance of music, theatre, poetry and readings relating to Ernest Shackleton and exploration. In association with the Shackleton School, Michael Holohan has devised a unique event, featuring his own signature composition of music-theatre, complemented by poetry and readings. This is a premiere performance in Ireland's Shackleton country. Monday 25th October 10.00am Excursion/Field Trip Bus tour through Shackleton country. A visit to Ballitore and the home of Mary Leadbeater, writer and ancestor of Ernest Shackleton, the Quaker Meeting House and the Shaker Store. Saturday & Sunday 10am- 5pm Antarctic Adventurers The Antarctic Adventurers are a group of British re-enactors who specialise in recreating the world of Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen. They recreate a three man sledging party of the 1901 1913 period with clothing, sledges and equipment of the time. Athy Heritage Centre & MuseumThis is the world's best polar gathering!
The Museum is world renowned for featuring the only permanent exhibition devoted to Sir Ernest Shackleton the Irish Antarctic explorer which includes unique artefacts, film footage and audio guides. A unique experience. Exhibition: "Last Days of the Arctic"
Polar Photography comes to Athy from 22nd October -26th November 2010. New polar work from the Icelandic photographer Ragnar 'Rax' Axelsson forms the photographic exhibition 'Last Days of the Arctic' to be held in Athy Heritage Centre-Museum Images for the exhibition will be drawn from his new book 'Last Days of the Arctic' which will be released in a number of languages on 1 October. Rax has spent the last 40 years photographing in the Arctic, in particular among the hunters of Greenland. His most recent book 'Faces of the North' documenting life in Greenland was described in the New York Times as 'stunning'. Leading up to the 10th Shackleton Autumn School from 14th September to 15th October 2010.
FIRE & ICE A Photographic Journey of Antarctica Official opening on 14th September at 7.30 by Prof. Gamble.
This exhibition is of a collection of photographs taken throughout the 1980s and 1990s by John Gamble a Professor in Geology at UCC while on fieldwork in Antarctica. He has the rare distinction of having 3 terrestrial landmarks named in his honour Gamble Glacier and Gamble Cone in Antarctica and the Gamble Volcanic Complex a submarine volcano on the Tonga Kermadec Island Arc in the SW Pacific. It includes images of volcanoes, life in the field, shots of wildlife and a visit to the historic huts of Scott and Shackleton on Ross Island.
Wednesday, 20 October 2010, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London. 7pm (doors open 6pm).
Andy Clarke, retired scientist of British Antarctic Survey, and Meredith Hooper, author of the recently published The Longest Winter: Scott's Other Heroes, will talk about the influence of Scott's expedition on the science of Antarctica.
Tickets for the lecture will be £15 or for the lecture and reception £35.
Andy and Meredith will be at the reception together with members of the Fuchs Foundation Antarctic Expedition 2010.
This is one of the first of many events to celebrate Scott's centenary and as such is an historical occasion not to be missed.
Tickets for the lectures and reception are available through making a donation to the Foundation by way of the Ticket Application Form.
In addition general donations given in advance will be entered into a prize draw to be made that evening.
"With Scott in the Antarctic, Edward Wilson—Explorer, Naturalist, Artist," Isobel Williams. 6 February 2010. 8pm. Pfizer Lecture Theatre, School of Chemistry."Penguins to Polar Bears," Paul Goldstein, Photographer. 20 February 2010. 8pm. Wolfson Lecture Theatre. "Conservation," Fiona Carhill, SPRI Conservator. 6 March 2010. 8pm. Pfizer Lecture Theatre, School of Chemistry. "The South Sandwich Islands," Bob Headland (in conjunction with the South Georgia Association). 20 March 2010. 8pm. Pfizer Lecture Theatre, School of Chemistry. Friends Summer Lunch. 10 July 2010. 12pm. In the Institute. (6 February 2010)
4-6 September 2008, Christchurch, New Zealand and Hobart, Tasmania in 21-23 June 2010."Gateway Antarctica and the English programme at the Univeristy of Canterbury, together with the School of English, Journalism and European Languages at the University of Tasmania, will host a conference examining Antarctica from a cultural perspective. Drawing on the arts, social sciences and humanities, the conference will focus attention on the ways in which we perceive and represent the southernmost continent. This will be followed by a second conference in Hobart, Tasmania, in 2010." "Call for conference papers In September 2008 Gateway Antarctica and the English Programme at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, together with the School of English, Journalism and European Languages at the University of Tasmania, will host a conference examining Antarctica from a cultural perspective. Drawing on the arts, social sciences and humanities, the conference will focus attention on the ways we perceive and represent the southernmost continent. This will be the first Humanities-based Antarctic studies conference and will be followed in 2010 by another at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. Keynote speakers will include: Francis Spufford and Margaret Mahy. Papers of twenty minutes with 10 minute question times are invited. Topics might include:
• Narrating AntarcticaFor information: www.engl.canterbury.ac.nz/extra/imagining_antarctica.shtml Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: http://www.engl.canterbury.ac.nz/extra/imagining_antarctica.shtml
• Antarctica in literature, art and film
• Visualising Antarctica
• Rethinking the heroic era
• Antarctic masculinities
• Postcolonial Antarctica
• Antarctic spatiality
• Antarctic gothic
• Antarctic travel
• Antarctic disasters
• Domestic Antarctica
• Environmental Antarctica
• Antarctic archives and artifacts
• Human-animals relations in Antarctic
ANTARCTIC VISIONS: CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE SOUTHERN CONTINENTSource: http://new.arcticportal.org/index.php?view=details&id=100%3Aantarctic-visions-cultural-perspect-on-the-southern-contin&option=com_eventlist&Itemid=72 (4 September 2009) UPDATE: More detailed information is now becoming available on the Antarctic Visions conference. First, there is now a webpage. Here you can download the Call for Papers and the Registration Form. No agenda is included yet but two Keynote Speakers are announced: Max Jones who wrote The Last Great Quest: Captain Scott's Antarctic Sacrifice, a cultural history of the Scott expedition, and editor of OUP edition of Scott's journals. And Christy Collis, author of a number of articles on Antarctica, concentrating on postcoloniality and spatiality. The listing of possible topics above has been revised:
21.06.2010 - 23.06.2010
Location: University of Tansmania - Hobart
Category: Conference Following the success of the "Imagining Antarctica" conference at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand in September 2008, the University of Tasmania will host "Antarctic Visions," a second conference examining Antarctica from a cultural perspective. Drawing on the arts, social sciences and humanities, the conference will focus attention on the ways we perceive and represent the southernmost continent. Connections with other disciplines - particularly scientific disciplines - are encouraged, as are new approaches to familiar challenges, such as the whaling and climate change debates. While the primary focus of the conference is on the far south, papers which combine Antarctic and Arctic material are welcome. The conference coincides with the Hobart Midwinter Festival, which offers a rich selection of polar-related exhibitions, activities and presentations. Papers of twenty minutes with ten-minute question times will be invited. Panel proposals are also welcome. At this time, we are giving you advanced notice of the conference. A call for papers, with links to a website, details of registration, abstract submission, etc, will be sent out within the next couple of months.
• Climate change and the South Polar regions: what can the humanities add to the conversation?The convenors of the conference are: Prof. Ralph Crane (University of Tasmania), Dr Elizabeth Leane (University of Tasmania), Dr Steve Nicol (Australian Antarctic Division), Dr Mark Williams (Victoria University of Wellington).
• Antarctica in literature, music, art, photography and film
• The influence of perceptions of Antarctica on policy
• Rethinking the heroic era
• Tasmanian connections to the Antarctic
• Human-animals relations in Antarctic Resource exploitation (including whaling)
• Gender and Polar Studies
• Postcolonial Antarctica Subantarctic islands: histories and cultures
• Polar pastimes
• Food in polar history
• Cultural geography of Antarctica
• Polar psychology
• Antarctic travel and tourism
• Antarctic archives, libraries, artefacts and museums
12 March - 30 May 2010. At Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria. www.brantwood.org.uk.(6 February 2010)
Friday, 7 May 2010, Great Hall, Dulwich College, London.
Sue Flood will give a lecture entitled 'Behind the Scenes on the BBC Series "Planet Earth" and the "Blue Planet"—Film making in the Polar Regions.'
2 October 2009-11 April 2010 The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland.
This exhibition of remarkable Antarctic photography by Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott's ill-fated journey to the South Pole. Ponting's dramatic images record Scott's Terra Nova expedition of 1910-13, which led to the tragic death of five of the team on their return from the South Pole. Hurley's extraordinary icescapes were taken during Ernest Shackleton's Polar expedition on Endurance in 1914-17, which ended with the heroic sea journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia. Both collections of photographs were presented to King George V and are today part of the Royal Photograph Collection.
(29 May 2009)
—Thanks for Michael Rosove
Two Firsthand Reports:
"The exhibit was exceptionally well done, and the atmosphere of the rooms was highly appropriate for the material."
"I have just visited the display of Ponting and Hurley photographs in the Queens Gallery in the Palace of Holyrood in Edinburgh which is open daily until the 11 April 2010. The cost of entrance is £5.50 (although you get a reduction to £5.00 if you are over 60!). The Ponting photographs are all large size (up to 28x22 inches) and one or two are printed on coloured paper. By contrast all the Hurley pictures are small (8x6 inches) and less dramatic for that. Also on display is the Union flag which Scott took to the pole (in remarkably good clean condition) as well as a few printed items (Voyage of the Discovery, Last Expedition, South, The Great White South, South Polar Times 1-3 (the Queen only acquired Vol 3 in 2008 - the other two were acquired by Edward VII), Heart of the Antarctic, three polar medals, a couple of Wilson drawings, the minature white ensign flown on Scott's sledge on the southern journey and a bronze bust of King George V by Kathleen Scott. The royal copy of Aurora Australis MOC[K TU]RTLE [SOUP] was not on display but the "catalogue" (actually a book of 256 pp) says that it has been rebound (shock, horror!). There is an audio guide to some of the photographs as you walk round, which can be achieved in about an hour. . . .
The collection on display is nicely done but I feel does not do justice to the Hurley photographs particularly because of the smaller size. Refering to my copy of "South With Endurance" (the RGS, State Library of NSW, and SPRI compilation volume) there are larger reproductions in that book than were hanging on the wall of the gallery. So all in all there is nothing new here (other than a view of the flag and Polar medals and Wilson prints) that hasn't been seen before, but if you are in the area worth a visit, and you can also buy a bottle of Palace of Holyrood "Royal" Speyside malt whisky in the shop." —Chris Edwards.
(9 December 2009)
Saturday, March 13, 2010. 8pm. At Club 8-10 MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA 01247, USA. www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=527Puppets! Who would have thought?! "This new work by the exciting young puppet theater company Phantom Limb tackles the extraordinary story of the Shackleton expedition. In 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 others set out to be the first team of explorers to cross Antarctica. After their ship, the Endurance, became frozen and was eventually crushed by the ice and sunk, they embarked on a harrowing two-year journey of survival in the harshest climate on earth. Ancient and universal themes including the price of knowledge, the inevitability of adversity and struggle, and ultimately, the power of endurance and camaraderie provide emotional ballast with re-interpretations that resonate powerfully in twenty-first century hearts and minds. The production combines a dark aesthetic with fantastic music (one of the founders, Erik Sanko, was in the seminal downtown NYC jazz group The Lounge Lizards) and the primary focus of this developmental residency will be music for the piece, a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet." (From the website) "(North Adams, Massachusetts) A smaller-than-life reenactment of the 1914 trans-Antarctic expedition by Ernest Shackleton and 27 brave souls will be played out in 69 South: The Shackleton Project by the exciting young puppet theater company Phantom Limb, directed by Phil Soltanoff. Fresh off a trip to Antarctica, the troupe's founders Eric Sanko and Jessica Grindstaff will be in residence at MASS MoCA prior to this work-in-progress showing of their new work on Saturday, March 13 at 8 PM. During the residency they will focus on combining the music composed for the renowned Kronos Quartet with the action in this historical marionette performance.
31 October 2009 at Pfizer Lecture Theatre, School of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, Cambridge. 8 pm.
Prof. Paul Berkman, Head, Arctic Ocean Geopolitics Programme, SPRI. Antarctic Lessons for the Arctic.
The AGM of the Friends is scheduled for Saturday, 14 November 2009 at BMS theatre (chemistry), Cambridge, UK. From 5 pm.
Details to be forthcoming.
(10 May 2009)
Friday, 6 November 2009, Great Hall, Dulwich College, London.
Henry Worsley and Will Gow will lecture on their recent 920 mile/66 day unsupported journey across the Ross Ice Shelf, up the Beardmore Glacier and over the Polar Plateau to the South Pole, an undertaking that was their way of commemorating the centenary of the Nimrod expedition. The title: In Shackleton's Footsteps: A Return to the Heart of the Antarctic.
Bank Holiday weekend, Friday-Monday, 23-26 October 2009 at Athy Heritage Centre, Athy, Co Kildare, Ireland.
(15 March 2009)
9th Shackleton Autumn School 23rd -26th October 2009 Book launch on the Friday night before the Shackleton Memorial lecture. 'THE SHACKLETON LETTERS - BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE NIMROD EXPEDITION' by Regina Daly. Friday 23rd Caroline Casey - Shackleton Memorial Lecture on the Friday night. Saturday—From an e-mail from the Heritage Centre10.30 Hans Kjell-Larsen 'Captain C.A.Larsen' Cost €7.00 12.00 Prof Andrew Lambert 'The Gates of Hell: the Franklin expedition, science and cannibalism' Cost €7.00 2.30 Dr David Wilson- 'Nimrod Illustrated: Pictures from Lieutenant Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition' Cost €7.00 4.00 Dr Russell Potter 'Those wrecked or stranded ships': Unresolved aspects of the Franklin Expedition Cost €7.00 8.00 Dinner: Cost €40.00Sunday10.30 Michael Rosove ' The Great Books of Shackletonia' Cost €7.00 12.00 Lady Herbert. 'The Way of the Explorer' Cost €7.00 3.00 Film: Selection of excerpts from polar films to be hosted by Dr Huw Lewis Jones & Dr Russell Potter Cost €7.00 8.00 Drama Premier John MacKenna's new play Cost €12.00Monday10.00 Bus Tour: Cost €10.00Full Weekend Ticket: Cost €95.00 Also to be launched during the school:
Rob Stephenson 'The Library of the Antarctic Circle'
Nimrod The Journal of the Shackleton Autumn School. Volume 3 Log on to our new website dedicated to the school: http://www.shackletonmuseum.com
For booking forms and any queries contact:
Athy Heritage Centre & Museum,
Tel: 059 8633075 Fax:059 8633076
Through 7 June 2009. "Explore the Arctic and Antarctic through compelling works of art by 30 contemporary artists. This interactive exhibition in the museum's Art & Nature Center highlights polar regions as distinct, biologically important systems shaped over time by cyclical changes and increasingly, by human influences. Hands-on stations offer a range of exploratory opportunities for visitors of all ages to connect with ideas presented in the exhibition."'TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, PAINTING THE POLAR LANDSCAPE'
—From the PEM's website."The Peabody Essex Museum invites you to discover our planet's polar regions in Polar Attractions, a new exhibition at the museum's interactive Art & Nature Center. As magnificent as they are vulnerable, the Arctic and Antarctic inspire contemporary artists to capture the expansive panoramas, sculptural ice formations and resilient life thriving at the ends of the earth. Polar Attractions explores creative responses to the polar environment and the science of climate change through 47 works of contemporary art and interactive stations. 'This exhibition encourages families to experience the polar regions through artwork and activities that demonstrate how nature and human influences have shaped these distinct, biologically important ecosystems over time," said Jane Winchell, The Sarah Fraser Robbins Director of the Art & Nature Center and PEM curator of natural history. "Visitors will be surprised by the range of color, scale and texture in the show. We hope they will think of this exhibition as an opportunity to see parts of the world most of us will never have a chance to visit.' Works conveying the unique viewpoints of more than 30 North American artists including Native Alaskans and Canadian Inuit—are presented in four interconnected thematic sections: Ice, Landscape, Wildlife, and Human Interaction. Ice. Whether glacial or sea-bound, ice sustains life and regulates the circulation of our oceans. Artists employ sound and video, brushed metal sculptures and paintings made with polar ice to capture the powerful presence of ice in the polar world. Mary Edna Fraser's Iceberg (above) is one example. Visitors can interact with an iceberg installation and discover its secrets for themselves. Landscape. Scale-model polar landscapes viewed through periscopes accompany large- and small-format photographs capturing grand polar vistas and delicate flora. More than just ice and rock, these harsh regions display unexpected color and vibrancy. Wildlife. Although the habitats may seem austere and punishing, the polar regions are home to many creatures that have thrived there for millennia. As ecosystems change, animals are severely tested. Encounter polar wildlife through sculptures you can touch, origami, contemporary paintings and birds from PEM's own historic collection. Visitors can team up to play the Arctic Tern Challenge, guiding a migrating tern on its perilous journey from one pole to another. Human Interaction. From the interconnectedness of native cultures, to the impact of natural resource extraction and global warming, human interaction with the Arctic and Antarctic regions is a multihued tapestry of dark and light influences. In this section, sculpture, basketry, photography, drawings and video installations all address how human beings affect environmental changes. A spectacular sculpture (shown here, worn by the artist) interprets solar, lunar and tidal data in three-dimensional form, alluding to the importance of scientific research at the poles. Visitors can build their own three-dimensional mixed-media constructions and capture digital images to be posted on a museum Web site for others to view and consider. Other media stations encourage deeper exploration of the themes and art featured in the exhibition through interactive computer stations, video footage and musical compositions. Polar Attractions is supported in part by New Trade Winds/ECHO." —From a PEM press release.For more information go to PEM's website.
—Thanks to Jeff Rubin
(12 October 2008)
Through 1 March 2009. "Capturing the high drama and stark beauty of historic polar expeditions, To the Ends of the Earth, Painting the Polar Landscape presents more than 50 works by prominent artist-explorers, from monumental romantic canvases to early modernist works in pastel—all rarely shown in a single exhibition. The exhibition offers a range of artistic responses to the unique landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctic—from the documentary to the sublime and existential, by renowned painters such as Frederic Edwin Church, Rockwell Kent and Lawren Harris."
Saturday, 6 June 2009, Cambridge.Details to be forthcoming.
14-23 January 2009 - Explorers Club, New York. See http://www.explorers.org/calendar/view_entry.php?id=10726&date=20090114 and http://www.explorers.org/calendar/view_entry.php?id=10749&date=20090115.(14 February 2009)
7 March - 24 May 2009 - Cafe, Discovery Point, Dundee. See http://www.rrsdiscovery.com/index.php?pageID=182
[No information on the Los Angeles venue.]
Other venues to be announced in due course.
Friday, 8 May 2009, Dulwich College, London.6:30 pm in The Great Hall: Captain Bob Tarrant will give a lecture entitled "My reflections on Antarctica & HMS Endurance 2008-2008."
Tuesday, 7 April 2009, Royal Geographical Society, London. 7 pm (doors open ca. 6 pm; ash bar before and after). Free..Kari Herbert, Sir Wally's daughter, e-mails to say:
My mother and I will be hosting an evening of 'polar celebration' in honour of my father, Sir Wally Herbert and his good friend and partner in mischief, the late Dr Fritz Koerner on the 7th April 2009 at the Royal Geographical Society in London. As you no doubt know, the 6th April is the 40th anniversary of the British Trans-Arctic Expedition reaching the North Pole, and coincidentally the 100th anniversary of Robert E. Peary's claim of priority to the Pole. The Royal Geographical Society is only available on the 7th April, so a day later than the Big Day, but better late than never for this memorial evening.(14 February 2009)
The evening, starting at 7pm, will be an uplifting mix of film, story-telling and reminiscences from the Herbert and Koerner family and some of the world's leading lights in polar endeavour and science.
It will be memorable and happy occasion. Tickets are free for all, so please spread the word …
More details will follow soon … We will be putting more information up on our website soon at www.polarworld.co.uk
17 January - 29 March 2009, Newport Art Museum, Wright Gallery, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI.
Lucia has painted in both the Arctic and Antarctic and is a veteran of the National Science Foundation's 'Artist and Writers Program.' More at http://www.luciadeleiris.com
(14 February 2009)
Saturday, 7 March 2009, 8 pm, SPRI - Pfizer (Chemistry) Lecture Theatre, Cambridge. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Further information at: www.spri.cam.ac.uk/friends/events/lectures.The RRS Scoresby sailed many thousands of miles through the southern oceans, marking whales, carrying out oceanographic research and other activities both in wartime and in peacetme including Operation Tabarin, between 1926 and 1950. This lecture examines her origins and the significance of her role.
An exhibit at the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, 40 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. 8 March 2006 to 1 March 2009
Museum hours: 10 - 5 daily. Free.
"The lure of the Far South proved a popular attraction for locals and visitors to Tasmania during 2005-06, with over 120,000 visitors viewing Islands to Ice: the Great Southern Ocean and Antarctic, the largest and most interactive exhibition gallery ever produced at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, during its first four months of operation. Islands to Ice is the Museum's new permanent exhibition exploring the definitions, perceptions, mythology and motivations of Antarctica and the Southern ocean. It is the first exhibition gallery in Australia to look specifically at the Southern ocean, Sub-Antarctic and Antarctica. Islands to Ice offers a comprehensive look at this great southern expanse. It explains the geography of the Southern Islands and the Antarctic continent. It details the species that live in this harsh environment and presents the human endeavours that have lead to our understanding of the region. It also expands on the unique relationship Tasmania has with the South. The larger-than-life gallery includes a huge diorama showcasing the great plethora of animals that live in the Southern ocean, from Weddell seals and sleeper sharks to tiny phytoplankton. Islands to Ice provides the opportunity to get up close and personal with a Wandering Albatross, patagonian Toothfish and Emperor penguin; perhaps the only chance many of us will have to marvel at these magnificent species. Tales of great heroics are also told and the exhibition delves beyond the well known to the figures that left their own footnote to the region's history. Harrisson's sleeping bag and sledge from Mawson's expedition, Hatch's photographic plates; these important artefacts and others from 20th and 21st Century expeditions help explain the tales of many journeys South. Islands to Ice is an invitation to explore the stark and silent realm of the South. It's a chance to travel through the icy millennium looking at exploration and survival in an environment that takes people to extremes. Tasmania has a long association with Antarctica and the Southern ocean. This exhibition helps cement Hobart's reputation as a hub for the Antarctic." Source: Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment ANNUAL REPORT 2005-06