Exploring solitude:

an Antarctic commission by Neville and Joan Gabie

Gardens Gallery, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham 

17 – 27 March 2012

Open daily 10.00am - 5.00pm


See the Gardens gallery as you may never have seen it before by entering a distinctly cold place with video installations, and a riveting e-mail and drawing exchange.

Exploring Solitude is an exhibition of work by Neville and Joan Gabie linking to Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum’s Antarctic collections, especially those relating to  Edward Wilson. Neville Gabie, based in Stroud is currently the artist in residence for the Olympic Delivery Authority. He was artist in residence for the British Antarctic Survey/Arts Council Artists in Antarctica programme in 2008/9 where he filmed his experiences exploring apparently simple acts such as kite flying and moving blocks of snow. The exhibition will include four of these videos including one large scale work. It will also show E-mailing Antarctica, a collaborative work made by his wife Joan. This combines Neville’s e-mails to her from the Antarctic and her drawings in response. These relate to items in the Art Gallery & Museum’s Wilson Family Archive which will be shown in the exhibition: a copy of Wilson’s penultimate letter to his wife written as he lies dying and a telegram sent by his wife back to Cheltenham from New Zealand where she waits for him; she writes he is ‘exceeding fit’ when in fact he is already dead.

Open Monday – Wednesday / Friday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.15pm. Thursday 9.30am – 7.45pm. Sunday 11am – 4pm.
(Closed on 25 & 26 December, 1 January and Easter Sunday)

Admission free

Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Clarence Street
GL50 3JT
Tel: 01242 237431