The Bluecoat: Galápagos

The Bluecoat: Galápagos

4 May – 1 July

Viewing: 3 May 18:00-20:00

Exhibition continues until Sunday 1 July 2012 10am – 6pm daily. Free.

12 international artists visited Galápagos. A new exhibition and publication present their surprising perspectives on the cultural and environmental reality of the islands in ways which question our relationship with a changing natural world.

New commissions and previously unseen works by featured artists: Jyll Bradley, Paulo Catrica, Filipa César, Marcus Coates, Dorothy Cross (with actor Fiona Shaw), Alexis Deacon, Jeremy Deller, Tania Kovats, Kaffe Matthews, Semiconductor, and Alison Turnbull.

The Gulbenkian Galápagos Artists Residency Programme and Galápagos exhibition were organised by the Galapagos Conservation Trust in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, with additional support from the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Natural History Museum, London.

Exhibition Partners and tour dates:
The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh 2 Nov 2012 – 13 Jan 2013
Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisbon 18 April  – 7 July 2013
Exhibition related events

Sat 12 May 2 – 3.30pm
Exhibition tour

Bergit Arends, Curator of Contemporary Arts at the Natural History Museum, London and Co-curator of Galápagos, leads a tour of the exhibition, with insights into the residency programme that enabled the artists to explore Galápagos. Free, just turn up.

Fri 18 May 5 – 11pm
Light Night
Enjoy special activities, including a family tortoise trail, food and drink, late night gallery, shops and book fair.  Free.

Wed 23 May 6 – 7.30pm
Artists’ talk
How can artists’ visits to distant places inspire us to see our own world with fresh eyes? Artists featured in Galápagos in conversation with Siân Ede, Deputy Director of the UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, which commissioned the Galápagos Artists’ Residency Programme. Free, but booking required.

Sat 2 June 12 – 4pm
Family event
Featuring a tortoise trail, art activities and author and illustrator of children’s books, Alexis Deacon.  Free, some events are drop-in/ some are at set times.

Thu 14 June 6 – 7.30pm
Tourism and Galápagos
Is it possible to be a good tourist in areas of significant environmental importance? Henry Nicholls, Ambassador of the Galapagos Conservation Trust leads a lively conversation focussing on the specific challenges facing Galápagos and its status as a major tourist destination.  Free, but booking required.