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Arctic Circle Residency 2015

by Katherine Akey


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My name is Katherine Akey and I'm a visual artist and photographer based in New York. I have been invited among a few selected artists and scientists to participate in The Arctic Circle residency program in October 2015 and I couldn't be more excited for the opportunity. For three weeks the other residents and I will sail together on an ice class barkentine tallship exploring Svalbard, a High Arctic archipelago just ten degrees from the North Pole, observing, creating, and collaborating as we go.

In addition to being a life-changing personal experience, this trip holds untold potential for the enrichment and development of my work. My thesis show, Fata Morgana, was an investigation into Arctic Exploration, the sublime beauty of the region and the potential for glory lured expedition after expedition into unimaginable hardship, loss and staggering achievment. You can imagine how being immersed in that same extreme environment will impact the work that I create, expanding upon and evolving my thesis work into something richer, informed by personal experience. Svalbard was a point of embarkation for many arctic expeditions and is steeped with that history; visting the archipelago that launched so many of these historical explorations is an immense opportunity for my work. 

Even though I’ve been awarded the residency, I still must raise funds for expenses related to the expedition and this is where I am asking for your help. I must raise $6,200 to join the residency; the next $1,700 beyond that I raise beyond that will go to a plane ticket to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, and any money raised beyond that will be used for film, film processing, photosensitive papers and cold weather clothing. You can follow my preparations, my trip and the work I make upon my return at

Any donation from you will go a long way in realizing this opportunity. If you are interested in helping but unable to donate, please share this with your friends and social circles. Any additional exposure I can get is an immense help!

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    • October 21, 2014 Ray Maseman Artist

      Happy to support an Arctic expedition! Made my own not-quite-Arctic expedition in 2013:

      • December 06, 2014 Katherine Akey Artist

        Thank you, Ray! Loved going through your work from your time in the arctic.