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Chris Dobrowolski

Photo by Helen Murray

The show charts Chris’ journey to the driest, windiest, most inhospitable place on Earth. A place synonymous with failed expedition attempts, with no artists for miles around. A place that Chris decided was perfect for him.

For 14 weeks Chris lived and worked at the British Antarctic Survey, trying to experiment creatively whilst (crucially) trying to survive. He discovered that sometimes it’s very difficult to be an Artist when everyone around you is a Hero.

Antarctica is an adventure story-PowerPoint-presentation about professional failure and navigating real life via tales of overzealous seals, Ladybird books and a sledge built out of gold picture frames. Created with support from British Antarctic Survey, Farnham Maltings and Colchester Arts Centre.

“A well-written, rollickingly clever and immensely humorous tale.” **** ActDrop

“What emerges – apart from some of the most surreal holiday snaps you’ll ever see – is a multifaceted work that interrogates the nature and purpose of art at the same time as embracing the all-sorts it takes to make a world…. charmingly, optimistically and heartwarmingly – Dobrowolski brings a shared humanity to the fore.” Culture Wars

Dramaturgy by Cheryl Pierce.

Date and time

10 September 2021

Please note
This is now a past event.


New Mills Festival Art Trail
Spring Bank