Friday, July 18, 2014

Norway to the left of us, full moon to the right

Norway to the left of us, full moon to the right

Spirits are high on Sea Dragon. Despite a grueling night of continuous rain and head on winds, we are now surfing at 10/11 knots and can see Norway to our left. The sun is shining, and we’re in for another delicious meal by our resident miracle-chef Belinda Braithwaite – its sweet potato dahl tonight, and we’re all hungry despite the rocking of the boat.

I think we’ve all finally found our sea…

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Faroe Islands…

The Faroe Islands…

Jonathan Hyde: “One day on the Faroe Islands has been a richer experience than a week in Reykjavik. A distillation of all the magical notions I had conjured up for myself about this area of the world. Helen Cann: “Pure, simple, uncomplicated.  Sub Arctic living condensed. Katie Henery: “An insight into a place that is culturally unique and interesting for me from an artistic point of…

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Approaching the Faroes

Here is a short blog post for today… although the boat is rocking so cant manage too long.

All is well aboard ship – spirits are high despite a turn in the weather. We are approaching the Faroes, but despite being 5 miles away from the closest island the clouds are thick and we can see nothing but grey seas. All are tired and nauseous by the new motion of Sea Dragon – the waves are bigger than…

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

All at sea - a humbling opportunity

All at sea – a humbling opportunity

I finished my watch at 9am this morning, accompanied by leaping pilot whales and the blow of a sperm whale in the distance, just as the rain abated and the sun came out.  Then I took a rest on the rolled up staysail(yes – I know what a staysail is…although the purpose of one still does elude me) at the bow of the boat, hood up against the wind, rocked to sleep by the gentle motion of Sea Dragon.…

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sketchbook studies - Helen Cann

Sketchbook studies – Helen Cann

From the pages of Illustrator Helen Cann’s expedition sketchbook:

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“As part of the journey from Iceland to Sweden, the scientists on board will be mapping whales and dolphins on to a worldwide database. I will also be making my own map, collecting data from conversations I have with the scientists, with hunters, museum curators and tourist guides about how people live now and have always lived…

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sea blog - Day 5

Sea blog – Day 5

Katie Henery and I are sitting in the small harbour office, playing musical chairs to find the threads of wifi. Outside, the wind is blowing. Waves with white tops splash onto the walkways and clouds like giant black bowling balls hang heavily above the harbour. We moved onto Sea Dragon yesterday, and settled into our bunks – tightly packed like sardines.

Pangaea Exploration's Sea Dragon vessel

Pangaea Exploration’s Sea Dragon vessel

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Adventures in Iceland - ONCA have taken a team of artists on a Whale and Dolphin expedition with Pangaea Exploration to help collect scientific data and develop ideas for new creative projects.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Shots of Iceland taken by Laura Coleman - starting point of the Whales and Dolphins expedition with Pangaea Exploration July 2014

ONCA expedition artists in Iceland - July 2014: left to right Jonathan Hyde, Helen Cann, Stuart Kuhn, Katie Henery.

ONCA expedition artists in Iceland - July 2014: left to right Jonathan Hyde, Helen Cann, Stuart Kuhn, Katie Henery.

Greetings from Iceland

Author: Laura Coleman, Director of the ONCA Trust.

Iceland greets us in, what I would imagine, typical fashion.  Thick buffeting clouds, blowing gales, driving wind and dusky, neverending daylight.  Bumped from our double booked airbnb to a luxury flat, we spend our first evening eating hot mashed fish with potato and cheese, pancakes with rhubarb jam and thick cream, cold wine and dark beer.…

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Local band Boondock accompanying our tree planting ceremony! 

Local band Boondock accompanying our tree planting ceremony! 

The new lime tree for 100 goes in Valley Gardens in Brighton - the first of our 100 trees!

The new lime tree for 100 goes in Valley Gardens in Brighton - the first of our 100 trees!

Storytelling on the solstice at Stour Valley Arts midsummer picnic.

Artist Jennifer Hooper by her jungle piece in our 100 exhibition. 

Artist Jennifer Hooper by her jungle piece in our 100 exhibition. 

Helen Cann drawing our summer tree ring!

Helen Cann drawing our summer tree ring!