17 photos
'Arctic Vignettes', National Glass Centre, Sunderland

Chris Blade is Head of Commissioning & the Studio at the National Glass Centre and as a photographer has visited many remote corners of our planet. In October 2013 Chris was invited by the New York arts organisation ‘The Arctic Circle’ to participate in an extraordinary voyage, living on a barkentine tall ship and working alongside 26 artists from 14 countries. These images are a reaction to the landscape and traces of human existence on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, only 10° from the North Pole.

Dr. Karen Power, an Irish composer, was also on the expedition. She has a PhD in acoustic and electroacoustic composition from SARC (Sonic Arts Research Centre) and created a 12 minute, 6 track ‘soundscape’ for the exhibition.
Click the slideshow button to hear Karen's soundscape.

Giclee prints on 300g Fine Art Archival Paper. Most images are limited to an edition of 50 signed prints.
Please contact Chris directly at christopherjblade@gmail.com to discuss window mounts, delivery, etc. Delivery is usually around 10days.

As seen in the Guardian on 8th March 2014


This exhibition was generously sponsored by Rare Adventures Ltd:

“Adventure travel should open people to the geography, culture and spirit of unique and remote places. We are proud to sponsor this exhibition which beautifully captures the essence of the Arctic.” Greg Clark, Chief Executive, Rare Adventures Ltd.



Rare Adventures is a unique adventure travel company. Established to serve the UK Charity sector it provides global adventure travel and takes no profits from publicly raised funds.
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