Antarctica In Sight

Celebrating Antarctica through art and culture

Each year we aim to bring Antarctica into the lives of millions of people in Britain through our innovative arts, education and events programme, Antarctica In Sight. We partner with individuals and organisations across the UK to give everyone the chance to be inspired by this remarkable place. 

The Antarctica In Sight programme themes are Human endeavour: courage and exploration; Climate: scientific legacy; and Geopolitics: exploitation to preservation. Responding to these themes, we spoke to three prominent people about their experiences in Antarctica and how they have been inspired by the last 200 years of its history. Watch the short films below to find out more.  

Antarctica In Sight - short films

Geopolitics: Exploitation to preservation 2 Minute watch

Antarctica’s geopolitics are unique. After devastation of the continent’s biodiversity through sealing and whaling, efforts to explore and understand prevailed and, in 1959, 12 countries signed the Antarctic Treaty. The Treaty supports and promotes scientific research, while prohibiting military activities, mineral mining, nuclear explosions and nuclear waste disposal. We spoke to UN Patron for Oceans, Lewis Pugh on why he swims in Antarctica.

Climate: Scientific Legacy 2 Minute watch

Britain’s role in climate science was born with Operation Tabarin, and ongoing international science programmes show us Antarctica’s role in the earth’s climate system and its acute sensitivity to our actions thousands of miles away. We spoke to Climate Scientist and Explorer, Felicity Aston about the her experiences and the history of scientific discovery in Antarctica.

Human Endeavour: Courage and Exploration 2 Minute watch

The UK has long been at the forefront of Antarctic exploration, from Captain Cook, to Scott and Shackleton and latterly Expedition Ice Maiden, and these tales of human courage and endeavour continue to inspire us today. We spoke to Antarctic Photography Guide, Neill Drake about his work in Antarctica today and why he has been so inspired by Antarctic explorer and photographer Frank Hurley (1885 - 1962).

Explore the 2020 programme


A creative composition project with young people inspired by Antarctica and the climate emergency. This project gave young people the opportunity to work with well-known composer, Matthew Herbert, and London Sinfonietta to create a new commission. The group used the history, scientific research and objects from Antarctica as stimulus to develop a new work that expresses their thoughts and ideas about the climate emergency. Watch the live stream via the link below.

A Voyage to Antarctica Podcast series

Tune in to our new podcast series, A Voyage to Antarctica. Hosted by Alok Jha, the series explores subjects including geopolitics, climate and art with guests Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ruth Peacey, Professor Dame Jane Francis, Sara Wheeler, Professor Klaus Dodds, Marc Rees, Lucy Orta and Peter Liversidge. Six in-depth episodes focus on a fascinating part of Antarctica's history, present and future. Available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and all major platforms.

Proposals for Antarctica Peter Liversidge

Artist Peter Liversidge prepared 60 proposals created to mark the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica, in 2020. Proposals range from the possible to the impossible: creating a series of full size Easter Island heads from snow gathered on Port Lockroy; raising a flag on Antarctica - blank other than the single word Hello; and asking 200 schools around the UK to collaborate on a series of watercolours, using iceberg water to activate watercolour paint.

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We are interested in working with individuals and organisations across the cultural and heritage sectors in the UK. If you have a project or an idea that you would like to discuss, please get in touch.

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