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Exhibit: Out of Sight / Out of Mind

30 April - 29 June, 2023

An Exhibition of Polar Portraiture by Sarah Barnard

‘Out of Sight//Out of Mind’ is a portrait exhibition project in aid of the 2041 Foundation.

The Polar Regions are, for most of us, “Out of Sight and Out of Mind”; they are beyond our reach, and thus, our only contact with them is through polar explorers, educators and scientists – the ‘public face’ of these regions.

The Out of Sight//Out of Mind project aims to raise awareness of the problems faced by the Polar Regions and amplify the work being done to research these fragile environments and lessen the impact of climate change.

By depicting a range of representatives of these regions with their eyes closed, I hope to create a thought-provoking and affecting exhibition that will capture the attention of viewers, asking them to dig a little deeper and find out more about the work being done in these mysterious and magical regions of our planet.


Portrait subjects include:

Robert Swan OBE – Polar explorer and founder of the 2041 Foundation

Captain Louis Rudd MBE – Record-breaking polar adventurer and expedition leader

Preet Chandi MBE – The first woman of colour to ski solo and unsupported to the South Pole

Felicity Aston MBE – Polar explorer, author and former climate scientist

Dr Heidi Sevestre – glaciologist, fellow international of The Explorers Club, working at the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

Mark Wood – Polar explorer, chairman of the Great Britain and Ireland Chapter of The Explorers Club

Craig Mathieson – RSGS Explorer in Residence, founder of the Polar Academy



Who is the 2041 Foundation?

The 2041 Foundation was founded by polar explorer and environmentalist Robert Swan, OBE, the first person to walk to both the North and South Poles. Swan has dedicated his life to the preservation of Antarctica through the promotion of recycling, renewable energy and sustainability to combat the effects of climate change.

It was Swan’s original expedition to the South Pole that was the inspiration for 2041, an organization he founded and dedicated to the preservation of the polar regions. The mission of the 2041 Foundation is to engage businesses and communities on climate science, personal leadership, and the promotion of sustainable practices.

Information from www.2041foundation.org


About Sarah Barnard

Sarah Barnard is an award-winning visual artist specialising in art inspired by polar exploration, history, polar environments and scientific discovery, with a background in environmental science and ocean exploration.

Largely self-taught, Sarah has worked full-time as a professional artist since 2015 and has supplied artwork for organisations, including The Explorers Club and the Mawson’s Huts Foundation.

As well as working to refine her artistic skill, Sarah has prioritised gaining practical knowledge and expertise: including taking part in week-long polar expedition training in Norway and was a resident artist on the Svalbard-based Arctic Circle expedition residency aboard the wooden tallship Antigua in 2022.


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