Polar Artists Group
Welcome to the first edition of the Polar Artists Group Newsletter!
Vol 1 Issue 1 … April 2007
We are a new group, including artists from all over the world, with a common passion – the polar regions.
We welcome artists of all disciplines to join us in accomplishing our mission.

International Polar YearIPY (International Polar Year) Launch in Paris

Linda Mackey and Rachel Hazell, who share a seat on the International IPY Education and Outreach Committee represented polar artists at the International Polar Year launch March 1, 2007 at the Palais de Decouverte in Paris.

Polar Artists Group had a display and presentation running as part of this event. Many scientists and guests were very interested in the opportunities to work together and many international contacts were established.

Linda said she had an opportunity to meet with smaller groups to plan how to promote awareness of the polar regions through education and outreach, fundraising dinners, exhibitions, and other events.

The launch showed the scope of interest in the Polar regions around the world.

Polar Artists Group Launch

The official launch of the Polar Artists Group will be at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada (near Toronto), in November, 2007. The gallery has graciously their lobby space, founder's lounge, and access to Gallery 1, where the Robert Bateman exhibition will be on. In addition, they will be promoting our event in their magazine, "Sketches". Most exciting is that Roberta Bondar, Canada's first female astronaut, has agreed to speak for free. We will have an exhibition and sale of member's work at this time. This will be a fundraising event. Details to follow.

Scientist Co-ordinator

Polar Artists Group welcomes Michael Roboz as Scientist Co-ordinator, he will do the following for Polar Artists Group:
  • advise P.A.G. on latest scientific findings re polar regions
  • arrange scientists to speak at art conferences (Roberta Bondar will be speaking at the launch in September)
  • contact scientists involved in conferences and ask if they would like exhibitions to coincide
  • let scientists know about artist-in-residence opportunities -- artists can help them fulfill outreach requirements for their projects
  • determine needs for specific scientific projects, i.e. photographer, painter, writer, travel requirements, expenses paid, time length, etc. and what scientists would want in return, i.e. story, blog, painting and advise P.A.G. so we can post opportunity

Administrative Co-ordinator

Sandi Neményi has been appointed as administrative co-ordinator for P.A.G. With a background in education, as a teacher-librarian, Sandi is also a skilled handweaver and an accomplished vocal musician. She has been president of the New Tecumseth and Area Arts Council (north of Toronto, Canada), for the past three years, and is currently on the board of the Gibson Centre, a restored building in Alliston, Ontario, which is about to open as an Arts Centre.

She will be working on our newsletter, developing the membership list, coordinating fundraising events, and undertaking the administration of other tasks as they occur. Her email address is sandi.nemenyi@gmail.com.

Round Table Discussions in Geneva

The Cerny Inuit Collection and the Arctic Circumpolar Gateway collaborated to organize the Round Table Discussion "Breaking the Ice" at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 5th and 6th 2007. The events marked the launch of the International Polar Year (IPY), and were held under the high patronage of the United Nations Office and endorsed by the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations Office in Geneva.

The Round Table was organized to facilitate communication, discuss common goals and challenges facing northerners. It brought a diverse group of professional communicators, government and indigenous leaders, museum representatives and gallery owners together to discuss effective ways to connect Circumpolar Arctic communities to each other and the rest of the world.

Representatives from the Permanent Canadian Mission to the United Nations Office and the Director of the Cultural Committee at the United Nations Office were also present.

Speakers included the IPY International Coordinator for Outreach and Education, Dr. R. Salmon; the Circumpolar Liaisons of the Canadian Department of Indian and Northern Affairs in Ottawa, Mr. H. Finkler and Ms. T. Silundika-Kamanga; the Executive Director of the Native Communications Society in the Northwest Territories, Mr. D. Gibson; Inuit Knowledge Biologist from Nunavut, Mr. M. Kotierk; the Chief of the Vuntut Gwich'in from the Yukon, Mr. J. Linklater; the adjunct to the President of the Museum of Quai Branly in Paris, Mr. E. Désveaux; President of the Tutchone Resources and member of the Arctic Circle Indigenous Communicators in the Yukon, Mr. J. Allen; and the President of the IPY International Polar Artists Group, Ms. L. Mackey.

The original program was lengthened in order to include additional speakers from the Yukon and Nunavut, as well as provide adequate opportunity for discussion. Participants from the International community gave very positive feedback in regards to the amount of knowledge they gained during the two days. As a result of this event, P.A.G. is working on a potential exhibition in Austria, as well as potential partnerships with Inuit and northern groups.

Passion for the Poles Conference

Sept 2008, Banff, Alberta, Canada - more information to come!


Cliff Wassmann
Cliff Wassmann's "Livin' on the Edge" penguin painting has been licensed as a poster and Lucasfilm (Star Wars) licensing has Cliff working on a commission of the ice planet from the 2nd film.

Kathy Haycock
Please join the friends of Maurice Haycock and daughter, Kathy Haycock to celebrate the publication of this book that brings, for the first time, some of the words and paintings of Maurice Haycock to a wider audience. This will be a wonderful opportunity for lovers of the Canadian Arctic and Canadian art to celebrate together in commemorating a magnificent and productive life, as the world swings its attention to Maurice's beloved land in International Polar Year. Nicholas Hoare, Books, 45 Front Street East, Toronto, Ontario, April 30, 2007, 6 pm - 8 pm RSVP to: alan.samuel@edgarkent.ca

Linda Mackey
Linda's Powerpoint presentation and discussion: Melting Ice: An Artist's Perspective on Climate Change. Learn what P.A.G. artists are doing to promote awareness of the polar regions. Club at Bond Head Art Gallery. May 6, 2007 1:30 p.m. Free admission. See www.lindamackey.com for more info.

Polar Awareness Award for April/May: Chris Linder

Artist of the Month for April/May: Ana Jurpik

Introducing Linda Mackey, president of Polar Artists Group: Linda Mackey

To add your news item for the next newsletter, please email Sandi Nemenyi.
Deadline for next newsletter is May 20, 2007.

Interpolar Poetic ArtArgentina invites artists to exhibit electronically in Interpolar Poetic Art Gallery

As a pre-launch for the Interpolar Poetic Art Post Card Project (which you can find out more at http://polarartists.com/poetic_art.html Dreamland Pub, in Ushuaia, Argentina will be functioning for a month (May) as "Interpolar Poetic Art" Gallery, but also of any other project or other polar artist who would like to participate with his/her art work. If interested, please send submissions to Marcia Alvarado at marciaush@yahoo.com.ar

Antarctic Artists and Writers program

This program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, provides an opportunity for artists and writers to go to Antarctica during the austral summer (October - March) when research programs are operating. The deadline for application is June 8, 2007. Artists and writers who receive awards would go to Antarctica during the 2008/2009 field season.

Proposals can be accepted from citizens of other Antarctic Treaty nations. A proposal must demonstrate that a significant audience will be reached in the United States. For more information on the program, visit: www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12783&org=OPP. The proposal submission process is electronic with submissions done through Grants.gov. Please review the solicitation at: www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/nsf07550/nsf07550.htm, where you will find the general answers to your questions about the program, requirements for the proposal, and the application process.

Artist-in-Residence opportunities

Antarctic 2007-8 applications are now ready to download from www.theme.com.au

There are also a few artist-in-residence opportunities with scientists through IPY, and will advise when details are confirmed.


We are working on several mentorship opportunities involving Inuit and non-Inuit artists, and also involving professional artists and students.


Many artists are interested in exhibitions. Being international, shipping can be a problem. We are looking into ways for international artists to exhibit via video-link as well.

So far we are planning an exhibition show and sale as part of the launch in November at McMichael Canadian Art Collection (date to be confirmed and information to follow shortly).

We also have an opportunity to partner with Theme Exhibitions for their Hobart Exhibition.

We are following up on an opportunity to exhibit in Austria.

We are contacting scientists to confirm conferences and discuss exhibition opportunities in conjunction with these conferences, as well as science centres etc.


This is your group … what would you like to see us accomplish?

Scientists discover, artists interpret – together we can open the eyes of the world is our motto.
We are a new group, including artists from all over the world, with a common passion – the polar regions.
Please send us your thoughts, and suggestions… comments, and constructive criticism are welcome.
Founders: Linda Mackey (Director), Val Russell (Treasurer), Kathy Haycock (Historic Co-ordinator)

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