17 October, 2013 News stories

Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica
21 October 2013 – 6 January 2014, 11am – 5pm
Free entry
Museum of Science & Industry, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP

Find out what it takes to live and work in one of the Earth’s most extreme environments as British Antarctic Survey scientists describe life in Britain’s newest research station on the frozen continent and how they go “deep field” in search of discovery. Meet the architect who designed the space-age looking Halley VI Research Station and learn how he met the extreme challenge.

This family workshop is is part of the Ice Lab exhibition events programme. Commissioned by the British Council and curated by The Art Catalyst, Ice Lab is the first exhibition to focus on contemporary architecture in Antarctica and features architectural drawings, models, photographs and films that evoke a sense of what it takes to live and work in Antarctica, including a light and audio installation by international visual artist Torsten Lauschmann. Ice Lab gives a unique view of the inspiration and ingenuity behind architecture and science in the most isolated place on earth.

Learn about the design of five cutting-edge research stations, from British station Halley VI to the speculative Iceberg Living Station. Discover the diverse and cutting edge science that takes place on the frozen continent: from collecting 4.5 billion year old meteorites that illuminate how the solar system was formed to drilling ice cores whose bubbles of ancient air reveal the earth’s climate history; from cutting edge astronomy amongst the world’s clearest skies to studying its Dry Valleys – the closest thing to ‘Mars on Earth’.

Find out more about the Ice Lab exhibition.

Download the free Ice Lab e-book.

The exhibition is expected to tour internationally after its Manchester showing.