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winter camp scene by Pitseolak Ashoona 1969

Painting of ship trapped in ice, by Edward Adams

Polar Encounters: 200 years of contemporary and historical polar art

30 July - 17 August

Bonhams, New Bond Street, London - FREE ENTRY

"You can't comprehend the sheer scale of the icebergs and blue bergs out there"

- Nicholas Romeril, 2017-18 Friends of SPRI Antarctic Artist in Residence.

On 30 July, an exhibition showcasing artists' responses to some of the most extreme places on Earth will open to the public. Polar Encounters, hosted by Bonhams, will feature contemporary art from the Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute's Artist in Residence programme. Alongside these modern interpretations, 200 years of Arctic art by Inuit artists and European travellers to the far north will be displayed, showing different interpretations of life at home, at camp and at sea.

Exhibition Curator, Charlotte Connelly says, "For the communities who have lived in the Arctic for thousands of years, the polar regions are homely, while for European explorers first encounters with the far north felt bleak and difficult. These different perspectives are revealed through the art on display, which spans 200 years and artists from a range of backgrounds."

Image of mapscapes by Jane Rushton

Arctic Dialogue(s): Conversations between Art & Science' by Jane Rushton

Wednesday 25 April – Saturday 1 September

An exhibition of art by Jane Rushton, inspired by the Arctic, and informed by science.

Recently Jane Rushton's focus has been on remote Northern areas including the Arctic, where she has undertaken extended field trips, sometimes with scientists. The Arctic environment is emblematic in terms of current concerns with climate change, and it provides the focus of much scientific work that tries to understand the processes at play, and their significance. Her work reflects her interest in drawing on the knowledge and methodologies of science as a means of expanding her approach to material investigations, with the ultimate aim of making visually poetic work that provokes a different type of engagement: of seeing, valuing, knowing and understanding.

Special displays

These small displays give us the opportunity to show off parts of our collection that are not often seen. They vary in size from a single object to a whole showcase.


Shackleton: Life and Leadership

To mark the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic (Endurance) Expedition, 1914–17, The Polar Museum has unveiled a redesigned and expanded display in its permanent galleries covering Shackleton's life and career.

The re-worked displays explore the life of the young merchant sailor who went on to achieve fame as one of the great Antarctic explorers. He was knighted, received the Polar Medal with three clasps and the Royal Geographical Society's special Gold Medal. Thirteen other nations honoured him with a total of 27 awards. The exhibition examines his leadership in braving the extreme challenges of the Antarctic.