Nancy Campbell
Nancy's recent publications include the poetry collection Disko Bay (Enitharmon Press) and How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet (Bird Editions). Nancy has a particular interest in the polar regions and water conservation; she has been Writer in Residence at ecological research institutions in Greenland, Iceland and Denmark, as well as Visual and Performing Artist in Residence at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. A trained printmaker, she writes widely on contemporary artists’ publishing. She is editor of the international graphic art magazine Printmaking Today.

Entries by Nancy Campbell

In Clear Sight: Bolatta Silis-Høegh

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2016 | (17:32)


Bolatta Silis-Høegh was born in Qaqortoq, Greenland in 1981, and now bases her practice in Copenhagen, Denmark. I encountered Silis-Høegh's exhibition Lights On Lights Off in Nuuk Kunstmuseum last August. Many people in the Greenlandic capital were wearing badges stating their opposition to...

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Lefteris Yakoumakis: Sanctuary and Sagas in Iceland

(0) Comments | Posted 23 February 2016 | (12:07)

I caught up with artist Lefteris Yakoumakis whose fascination with Icelandic culture and landscape has drawn him back again and again to the small town of Siglufjörður in the country's far north. In our interview, he talks of the changes he's seen in the region in recent years, and how...

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Culture for Change

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2015 | (17:15)


'Climate is culture.' So say ArtCOP21, a global festival of cultural activity on climate change which runs from September to December 2015. ArtCop21 launched ahead of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris and will deliver, through partnerships,...

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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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