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Still Life

Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton

The Trust has enjoyed considerable success with Still Life: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton, the book by photographer Jane Ussher and the Trust’s Executive Director. The Trust has also turned that partnership into an arresting exhibition of the same name.

STILL LIFE, the exhibition, is a visual and sensory experience that takes the viewer inside the historic huts of heroic polar explorers Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton.

The Antarctic Heritage Trust has partnered with Auckland Museum and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, to create a new exhibition based around Jane Ussher’s evocative series of STILL LIFE images.

Standing at the heart of the exhibition is the unique audiovisual experience created by Jane, with support from the Antarctic Heritage Trust and the Christchurch City Council for NZ IceFest 2012. The timed sensory experience allows visitors to step inside a specially designed cube to become immersed through Jane’s images in the landscape, isolation and lives left behind by these heroic early explorers.

Visitors will also encounter rarely seen Antarctic objects from Auckland Museum’s collections which further help to tell the stories of what it was like to live, work, and play in the earth’s southern-most continent.

The exhibition is supported by a series of Smart Talks with Antarctic experts and coincides with the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) conference in Auckland (25 August – 28 August) and NZ IceFest 2014 in Christchurch (26 September – 12 October).

‘STILL LIFE: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton’
Dates: 27 August – 5 October 2014
Admission: Free with Museum entry

STILL LIFE was the centrepiece of the Christchurch City Council’s inaugural Antarctic festival, NZ IceFest, a biennial celebration of New Zealand’s connection with Antarctica, held in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2012.

The exhibition was made possible with support from The Canterbury Community Trust and The Lion Foundation.