Dates & times

Thu 24 May — Sun 1 July 2012

Image: Anne Noble
WhiteNoise #1
2008 (detail), archival pigment inks, 95 x 120 cm. Courtesy the artist and Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland and Stills Gallery, Sydney.


Antarctica is a critical place in terms of the scientific significance of the physical and natural environment, and despite its remoteness the pristine wilderness remains extremely vulnerabe to the actions of humans and to climate change. For visitors to the continent: explorers, scientists and artists, Antarctica has been an inspiration of sublime beauty, fragility and mystery.

The exhibition, Antarctica, presents the responses of seven artists: Sidney Nolan; Chris Drury (UK); Bea Maddock; Anne Noble (NZ); Jan Senbergs; Philip Hughes (UK) and Jörg Schmeisser, to their experiences in visiting Antarctica since 1960. Each of the artists selected has undertaken a physical voyage to the continent and confronted the extremes of climate, environment, geography and isolation. These themes, as well as connections to science and creativity, are reflected in their artwork.

The exhibition has been conceived to complement the 2012 International Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes conference on the Humanities and Climate Change, which is being convened by the Australian National University Research School of the Humanities and the Arts. The conference explores the effect of the agency of human beings on the Earth’s ecosystems and our complex and challenging future.

View the Hon. Dr Barry Jones AO officially launching the exhibition Antarctica on 24 May 2012.

Curated by Dr Caroline Turner of the Humanities Research Centre, Nancy Sever, Director of the ANU Drill Hall Gallery and Tony Oates, Exhibitions Officer.


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