Arctica Exhibition at 36 Lime Street Gallery
4th – 9th December 2015, 10 am – 4 pm
Preview: Friday 4 December, 6 – 8pm
This exhibition will be one of the last in a year-long series of events and exhibitions created by award-winning artist Stevie Ronnie in response to his trip to the High Arctic in 2013 (supported by The Arctic Circle and Durham Book Festival). Arctica is an experimental, cross-disciplinary programme of poetry, photography and performance that responds to climate change in a story of love, loss and longing. The exhibition at 36 Lime Street Gallery will include some of the more experimental pieces that combine video, painting, audio, text and photography.
This broad ranging series of works is an ambitious and collaborative approach to representing the magnitude of the Arctic landscape, the effects of climate change, and the anticipated death of a loved one. Each artwork is a standalone piece, but together they create a compelling, intuitive and ultimately hopeful environment of response to existential crisis. The artworks are a medium to navigate this difficult emotional terrain and to find solace and connection with other souls exploring the same area.
Stevie’s work explores many of the same subjects and themes that are being discussed at the UN Convention on Climate Change in Paris, taking place over the same period as the Arctica exhibition at Lime Street. This conference is crucial as it aims to reach a new climate change agreement to keep global warming below 2°C.