Exhibition of Antarctic Art

Antarctic expeditions since the days of the epic explorers have focussed on science, but also carry a strong creative tradition.  The literary works of the likes of Scott and Cherry-Garrard are well known, and the artistic contributions of their compatriots such as Dr Wilson should be equally famous.  Before the ubiquitous use of photography, much of the scientific recording of the environment and animal life of Antarctica was achieved through the talented artwork of her explorers.  To continue this tradition, many contemporary expeditions include writers, journalists, photographers and artists, with the task of bringing all the emotive aspects of Antarctica back to the common man.

During the 2007/8 summer expedition and takeover, we were privileged to have Mrs Nerina de Villers as Artist-in-Residence.  Nerina travelled to Antarctica with us aboard the SA Agulhas, and stayed at the base during the summer before retuning to South Africa.  During this time she painted several original works (including the one in the picture below, which is now mine, my precioussssss….) and collected hundreds of photographs and sketches for future works.  This has included a mural at the DEAT A&I headquarters in Cape Town, and a large painting for the galley of the Agulhas.  She also donated a beautiful painting of Knotten to SANAE IV.

Nerina will be hosting an exhibition of her work at the SANAP headquarters in Cape Town next week.  Interested members of the public are welcome to attend this event.  I believe it is free and open to all.  The details are:

Date:   Friday, 20 June 2008

Time:  17h00 (SAST)

Venue:  DEAT Antarctica & Islands (SANAP Centre), East Pier, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

Click on the satellite image below for directions.  Basically, once you enter the Waterfront, follow the signs to the helicopters past the Table Bay Hotel.  Once you reach the heliport, you are on the East Pier – SANAP is visible at the end.  The SA AGulhas is moored at her berth at the pier at the moment, and you can hardly miss a big red and white ship 😉

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