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Exhibition
Antarctica

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 vulnerable 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 Jorg 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 connection 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 Humanties and Climate Change, which is being convened by the Australian National University Research School of the Humanties and the Arts. The conference explores the effect of the agency of human beings on the Earth's ecosystems and our complex and challneging future.

The exhibition is co-curated by Dr Caroline Turner of the Humanities Research Centre, Nancy Sever, Director of the ANU Drill Hall Gallery and Tony Oates, Exhibitions Officer.

Venue: Drill Hall Gallery
From: Tuesday, 29 May 2012 - 12:00 PM
To: Sunday, 1 July 2012 - 12:00 PM
Enquiries: Nancy Sever on 6125 5832, Tony Oates

Chris Drury, Albatross, inkjet print on rag paper with blue crayon line (ed 1/50), 75 x 75 cm. Courtesy the artist.
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