About the Expeditions

Since 2003, Cape Farewell has led eight expeditions to the Arctic including two Youth Expeditions run in collaboration with the British Council. Each expedition was spectacular and unique in its own way.

The aim of each expedition is to inspire the artists, musicians, play-writes, comics, educators, teachers and young people who travel with us to respond in some way and make work which engages audiences with climate change and ultimately help achieve a cultural shift that embraces sustainable lifestyles.

In 2009 we launched the first Cape Farewell expedition outside of the Arctic to the Andes in Peru in collaboration with the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University. 

Aims

  • Cape Farewell aims to bring education, science and the arts together through adventure and environmental awareness.
  • Undertake a inspirational voyage to hot-spots of climate change as the Arctic and the Andes and to destinations nearer to home and vital for any change.
  • Disseminate current thinking and information about ocean science to as broad a public as possible through science, arts, education and the media
  • Employ the web and a rich variety of media to excite the public into a deeper understanding of ocean currents and their direct relationship to global warming
  • Work with scientific community to develop new ways to communicate recent oceanographic discoveries utilising interactive web design, video graphics and games and artistic projects
  • Work with artists to produce powerful visual events to capture public attention and inform 

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Dr Tom Wakeford 2005 / 78°N 11.5°E

Tom Wakeford "Today you will have almost certainly inhaled an atom of carbon exhaled by Julius Caesar, when he uttered the question 'Et tu Brute?' to his treacherous aide. Now multiply your breathing by the respiration of every plant, fungus, bacteria, human being and other animals. You do not need a calculator to conclude that organisms have, by their very existence, exerted a powerful influence over the global climate..."
Read the full blog post by Tom Wakeford, biologist and action reserarcher, from the 2005 expedition ›

The Noorderlicht locked in ice at Tempelfjorden, just North of the 79th parallel, during the 2005 Art/Science Expedition
The Noorderlicht sails through sea ice during the 2007 Art/Science Expedition
The science crew taking measurements during the 2007 Art/Science Expedition
The Noorderlicht sailing off the coast of Svalbard during the 2003 Art/Science Expedition
Sailing between Lonyearbyen and Ny-Alesund, Svalbard during the 2007 Youth Expedition
In sub-zero kit at Tempelfjorden, just North of the 79th parallel, during the 2005 Art/Science Expedition
Shore walk during the 2007 Art/Science Expedition
David Buckland at the helm during the 2004 Art/Science Expedition
The Noorderlicht sailing in Arctic waters

The Noorderlicht sails through sea ice during the 2007 Art/Science Expedition.