Nancy Campbell
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Nancy spent a winter as Writer in Residence at Upernavik Museum, Greenland, the most northern museum in the world. Her work forms a sustained enquiry into the landscape and languages of the Arctic, and includes the books How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet (Bird Editions, Oxford), The Night Hunter and Tikilluarit (Z’roah Press, New York). Nancy has also been Writer in Residence at museums in Iceland and Denmark, and she will be a Hawthornden Fellow in 2013. A trained letterpress printer, she writes widely on contemporary artists’ publishing. She is editor of the international graphic art magazine Printmaking Today.

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Very Well Thus! Sea Journeys in Contemporary Art

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2013 | (09:27)

The sea invaded the landlocked German city of Dortmund this spring. A tide of international art swept Künstlerhaus Dortmund in an exhibition examining how contemporary artists express the notion of travel across the sea.

"Stories of sea journeys have long mesmerized readers, conjuring up images of hardship, survival, surprise discoveries...

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Susan Richardson - Writing in the Language of Ice

(0) Comments | Posted 7 March 2013 | (19:44)

The Welsh poet Susan Richardson was teaching a course on 'Intrepid Women Travellers' at Cardiff University when a reference to a Norse woman named Gudrid piqued her curiosity. Gudrid's ambitious journey from Iceland, across Greenland to Newfoundland at the start of the eleventh century is described in The...

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Clare Carter - Recording in the Dark

(0) Comments | Posted 8 January 2013 | (09:27)

As a child, Clare Carter built miniature landscapes on the shelves in her Yorkshire bedroom, but the environments she has encountered on artist residencies in the Norwegian fjords and Arctic Greenland are even more fantastical than her childhood creations.

Carter's understanding of landscape is multiple. It can be "inner...

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Meliors Simms - Art in the Anthropocene

(0) Comments | Posted 2 January 2013 | (11:56)

A hand-stitched Big Berg (pictured) is one of many interpretations of polar ice in Imagining Antarctica. Meliors Simms, a New Zealand artist, has used a range of textile techniques to explore the history of Antarctica, as well as its present environment and the threats to its future.

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Drawing in Arctic Water

(0) Comments | Posted 14 December 2012 | (10:31)

Tracey Rowledge was one of 24 creative practitioners to participate in the Cape Farewell expedition, which travelled northwards up the West Coast of Greenland in 2008 to observe climate change.

Rowledge is a fine artist and an accomplished bookbinder, who uses found marks as well as literary...

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How To Say 'I Love You' In Greenlandic

(6) Comments | Posted 20 November 2012 | (23:00)

"Ilissiverupunga," muttered Beathe Berthelsen, the curator of Upernavik Museum. I'd only recently learnt that the word meant "Damn! I've put it away in a safe place and now I can't find it."

Mornings at the most northern museum in the world: an endless round of coffee and conversation as local...

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