Cape Farewell Founder and Director David BucklandIn existence since 13 yearsBased in London, opera;ng interna;onallyPresenta;on by Nina Horstmann
Cape Farewell was the ﬁrst organised cultural ini;a;ve to recognise that the stories that we tell about climate change and ourselves can unlock human poten;als in ways that science, poli;cs and economics cannot. It has been in the vanguard of the gathering impetus to re-‐think climate change as an opportunity for cultural reorienta;on – and it has done so in ways that scien;sts, engineers and linear thinkers ﬁnd hard to do.Professor Mike Hulme, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia (Author of ‘Why We Disagree About Climate Change’)
A catalyst of changethrough expeditions, artand engagement.We map a new territorythrough story telling.
So far we lead 12 expedi;ons (ten to the Arc;c, one to the Andes and one to Scotland; two of these were youth voayges) and engaged over 180 ar;sts, scien;sts and other crea;ve minds.
Expedi;ons as beginning of collabora;ons between ar;sts of all disciplines, scien;sts, academics and other crea;ve minds.
Cape Farewell explores what values, prac;ces, models, dialogues, metaphors, iconographies, languages can teach us to live together, beXer?
S;mula;ng new thinking across disciplines and ﬁnding new ways of communica;on and reach. (Image: Ice Lense, Ackroyd&Harvey, 2005)
Cape Farewell has been the driving force behind exhibi;ons, concerts, books, ﬁlms, public events, comedy gigs, fes;vals, poetry projects, youth projects, university projects, art commissions, residencies, workshops, research projects, musicals, gardening projects and novels.
Art universi;es and the next genera;on of ar;sts.
Partnerships with Arts Council England, Bri;sh Council, Na;onal Oceanography Centre, World Health Organisa;on, Southbank Centre, Royal Academy of Arts (London), Natural History Museum (London)Science Museum (London), Na;onal Mari;me Museum (London), University of the Arts (London), Columbia College, University of Chicago, MaRS (Toronto), COAL (Paris), Department of Energy & Climate Change (UK) and many more.
Sea Change. A 4 year programme of explora;on, art and engagement in Scotland.
Sea Change is evolving on Scotland’s islands because island communi;es and ecologies, just like boats, oﬀer both palpable and symbolic evidence of the reality of resource constraint; the rela;onship between needs and limits that is in the end the stuﬀ of climate change. These islands, in par;cular, with their histories of change and exchange, their exposure to natural forces, their deep human histories and their rich and fragile ecologies, remind us that the we face the same challenges, at diﬀerent levels of scale and with diﬀerent degrees of exposure, across the planet.
In urban environments, it’s easy to look away. On islands, this truth is concentrated in wind and weather, in the washing away of coastal defences, in the cost of obtaining resources via CalMac ferries; and in opportuni;es for some;mes radical small-‐scale experiment in resource use and energy supply, in projects which strive, at ;mes against the odds, to develop and maintain community cohesion, and economic, social and environmental diversity and resilience. These experiments make visible ques;ons of concern to us all.
We aim to extend the conﬁdence and capaci;es of ar;sts as agents and advocates for a rejuvenated rela;onship between people, place and resources.
Steve Hurrel’s Barra Maps: the contested area of the Barra Marine Reserve. Naming as an act of dynamic knowing; mapping places in mo;on.
Crea;ng networks, collabora;ons and partnerships that last.
The Scoish Isles Voyage in 2013 is concentra;ng on 5 speciﬁc topics and invites ar;sts to engage with these speciﬁcally, ﬁrst through the voyage and later through ar;st residencies, research projects and collabora;ons across disciplines.
Northern isles ﬁsheries in partnership with Fair Isle Fishing Hands project, with NAFC Marine Centre Shetland.
Peatlands based on Lewis. In collabora;on with Highland Print Studio and An Lanntair.
Energy ﬂow (wind, wave and ;de technologies). Partnership with social scien;sts at Herriot-‐WaX University and Pier Arts Centre Orkney/AHRC.
Water-‐Cultures in partnership with the University of Glasgow.
Place-‐making. Collabora;on with GalGael and the Centre for Human Ecology, Govan.
Einstein: ‘The dis;nc;on between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion’. Time and space fold into one another and both into the constantly unfolding, constantly self-‐genera;ng present. We can only map this present, describe it and inhabit it fully if we draw on mul;ple sources of knowledge and experience to supplement our own, to draw us away from the high-‐water mark of our recklessness.