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Art of Exploration: the Polar Vision of Sir Wally Herbert

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Art of Exploration: the Polar Vision of Sir Wally Herbert

This stunning exhibition captures the spirit of the Polar World, as never seen before – through the eyes of a man who is the bridge between the heroic age of exploration and modern adventure; a visionary who has walked in the footsteps of all the greatest explorers, and learned the art of survival from the Inuit themselves.

This superb collection, reproduced from the late Sir Wally Herbert's paintings and drawings, echoes his experiences in the Polar Terra Nova in the storm ┬ęSir Wally HerbertWorld and his connection with the polar pioneers of the past.

The Ice bear ┬ęSir Wally HerbertThe exhibition is not only a celebration of polar life and landscapes rarely visited by man, but it is also a journey into the very heart of the last of the great polar pioneers. This exhibition will give its audience an insight into the experience of the polar wilderness.

The exhibition can be tailored to fit a variety of spaces

Dustjacket for The Polar World

The exhibition is accompanied by Sir Wally's book, The Polar World was completed shortly before his death, and includes a foreword by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. It is available in hardback and as a special limited edition, combining Sir Wally's personal anecdotes of his experiences in the Arctic and Antarctic with his descriptions of the inspiration behind the paintings that illustrate this book.

This exhibition is sponsored by


Hurtigruten are delighted to be sponsoring The Polar Vision of Sir Wally Herbert. From the magnificent fjords of Norway to the awesome ice-filled bays of Antarctica, Hurtigruten is renowned for its comprehensive collection of voyages to remote, beautiful and dramatic coastlines from the far north to the distant south. With over 120 years of maritime experience and our fleet of sixteen intimate and comfortable ships, we offer voyages that go beyond the traditional cruise, allowing closer encounters with environments, wildlife and people along shorelines near and far. For information about our voyages to Antarctica, Greenland, Spitsbergen and Norway visit