Monday 9 August 2010

Art in Antarctica

Polar cruise operator One Ocean Expeditions ( takes popular polar photographer Daisy Gilardini and her partner, watercolour artist David McEown, to Antarctica.

In November and December this year, polar photographer Daisy Gilardini and watercolour artist David McEown will sail to the Antarctic Peninsula on board the comfortable, ice-strengthened 89-passenger Marina Svetaeva. During the voyage Daisy and David will give talks, multi-media presentations and practical workshops on photography and art and, when landing on the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands, they will be available to help guests with sketching, camera settings and other creative queries.

The sailing dates for the Antarctic Peninsula Adventure are 28 November, 8 and 18 December 2010. All three voyages start and end in Ushuaia, Argentina. Passengers who choose to sail on the 8 December 2010 departure will be entitled to a great offer – the best available cabin at the time of booking for just US$6590 per person. They could even find themselves in a Shackleton Suite (subject to availability) with a normal published price of US$8590 per person; an enormous saving of US$2000 per person.

For experienced and enthusiastic novice photographers alike, Daisy Gilardini ( is the perfect companion and instructor for a polar voyage. She will work with guests to improve their photography; encourage them to look at scenes and events in a different way in order to capture them digitally and will share her career’s experiences while on excursions.

Daisy has more than a decade of polar experience having joined 13 expeditions to Antarctica and 23 to the Arctic. Many of these expeditions have been on comfortable vessels similar to the Marina Svetaeva, although in 2005 she chose to ski all the way to the North Pole as part of a Russian expedition. Daisy’s images have been published in many well-known publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, Audubon and the Daily Telegraph. In April 2010, Daisy was a judge for BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

For Daisy Gilardini photography means extreme adventure, “being a nature and animal lover I always choose remote destinations. The mystery of these wild places, the force of nature and isolation from civilization, combined with extreme adventure, are simply irresistible for me. My photographs come from the heart. I love the Natural World and the joy that being there brings. This passion has grown into a lifelong commitment to educate and inspire others with the hope to help conserve our fragile Planet.”

Polar landscape water colourist, David McEown ( is well travelled in the polar regions having circumnavigated both the Arctic and Antarctica. Through the creative act of painting he witnesses and records a beautiful, yet fragile and rapidly changing, polar world. David loves to connect with the landscape and paint on location but, as a talented speaker and performer, he is also keen to share his art through teaching.

Marina Svetaeva
The Marina Sveteava has a multimedia download studio with computers and cables for downloading images, as well as numbered hard-drives for storage until guests are ready to back up to their own media device.

The price for the 10-night voyages (28 November & 18 December) starts at US$7590 per person sharing a twin cabin including accommodation, food and excursions during the voyage. The special price on the 8 December voyage is US$6950 per person for the best available cabin at the time of booking. Flights to/from Ushuaia, Argentina where passengers embark the Marina Svetaeva are not included in the price. There is no additional charge for the photography and art workshops with Daisy Gilardini and David McEown.

About One Ocean Expeditions

One Ocean Expeditions is an innovative, high-quality expedition cruise company offering comfortable, nature-based tours to the Arctic and Antarctica. Their cruises focus on people, exceptional customer service and environmental values. Featuring wildlife, photography and adventure, as well as their unique Adventure Concierges, their polar voyages will open eyes like never before.

For information on One Ocean voyages, contact Active Travel

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