Presented by: Durham Book Festival / New Writing North and produced with support from Arts Council England, Free Word Centre, Arvon Foundation, Filmpoem, Newbridge Books and Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE.

Opening times: Weekdays from Nov 3 to Jan 9, 9am-8pm, with some exceptions. Please call ahead to check availability.

Location: Free Word Hall

In 2013 artist and writer Stevie Ronnie visited the High Arctic as part of the Arctic Circle international residency programme.  This exhibition of photographic prints captures the artist’s journey through the alien and rapidly changing landscape of the frozen North from icebergs to abandoned mining towns to the most northerly petrol station in the world.

The exhibition marks the launch of Arctica, a year-long series of interlinked artworks on the subject of climate change taking place across the UK. The works are interdisciplinary in nature encompassing literature, performance, photography, artist’s books, film and a public art installation.

Stevie returned from the Arctic Circle with a new perspective on our consumer culture: “I’d known that change was necessary but visiting this remote, medialess place where nature is clearly in control brought home the enormity of the challenges that face us as human beings. And what can I, a mere speck on the map, do about it? As a writer, as an artist, I can protest in the Latin sense of the word: protestari –  to declare publicly, testify”.

An accompanying spoken word performance to this exhibition will take place at Free Word Centre in December. Further details will be announced soon.