Between 2007 and 2011, as part of the Gulbenkian Galápagos Artists’ Residency Programme, 12 artists visited the Galápagos Islands, the archipelago off mainland Ecuador made famous by Charles Darwin’s scientific voyage there in the nineteenth century. Each artist was asked to make a response to the island’s culture or geography. Jyll Bradley immediately found the Galápagos a beguiling environment: ‘Galápagos has a way of paring intentions… it offers no shade, literally or metaphorically.’
Work arising from this residency was later shown in the exhibition ‘Galápagos’ (curated by Greg Hilty and Bergit Arends) at The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK, The Fruitmarket, Edinburgh both in 2012, and at Centro de Arte Moderna, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal in 2013. The exhibition in all venues was designed by architects Carmody and Groarke.
Artists: Jeremy Deller, Alison Turnbull, Jyll Bradley, Marcus Coates, Alexis Deacon, Dorothy Cross, semiconductor, Filipa Cesar, Kaffe Matthews, Paulo Catrica, Tania Kovats.