You may be sick of the snow after the past few weeks but there’s something far more appealing about the pristine white landscapes of Antarctica, than the grey slushy nightmare that is trying to commute in 2 inches of snow in the UK!
For a fresh view on the icy splendours of the far south why not visit the University Gallery in Colchester, Essex, to see Chris Dobrowolski’s exhibition of contemporary artwork, investigating the myth of the heroic explorer. Dobrowolski spent the last Antarctic season based at Rothera Station in Antarctica as the British Antarctic Survey’s Artist in Residence. The exhibition runs from 26th February to 27th March, admission free.
Alternatively, explore the first-hand perspective of those early ‘heroic explorers’. The Guildford House Gallery in Surrey is hosting an exhibition of photographs taken during Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s fatal attempt to reach the South Pole 1910-13. Captured by Herbert Ponting, ‘camera-artist’ on the expedition, the images reflect all aspects of the expedition, from the spectacular landscapes to the trip preparations and scientific research carried out during their epic adventure. Comment from modern polar explorers, scientists and relatives of Scott’s original team accompany the photographs. ‘With Scott to the Pole’ is running until 28th February, admission free.
For those of you in Edinburgh ‘The Heart of the Great Alone’ exhibition at the Queens Gallery, Palace of Holyrood House also features photograph’s by Ponting from the same Terra Nova expedition 100 years ago, as well as a range of dramatic images taken by Frank Hurley during Sir Ernest Shackleton’s memorable expedition on the Endurance in 1914-16. This expedition saw Shackleton lead his men to safety after losing their ship to the ice, one of the most incredible stories of survival against all odds. The exhibition is running until 11th April, tickets from £5.50.
If you’d prefer to create your own memorable images then it’s time to start planning your own expedition – we still have spaces available for the last few remaining departures this Antarctic season! Please contact our team of experts for the most up to date availability and special offers.