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Arctic Expedition Team

Our expedition team was formed from some of the brightest minds in the UK, who used the journey to discuss the values and ideas on which this new nation might be formed and worked together to form the resource of information and ideas which will be used in the year-long schools programme and online Embassy from January 2012. From the laws which govern land ownership and sovereignty, to how a nation brands itself, from what climate change means for human migration to whether an economics based on happiness is just a dream, our challenge was to ask ourselves, if we were to start over, how would we begin?

All videos filmed and edited by David Bickerstaff. (David filmed by Max McClure).

Alex Hartley

Alex is the artist who conceived Nowhereisland. An artist of international repute, Alex is best known for photographic works which often incorporate sculpture and installation.

Carl Gardner

Carl is a writer, lecturer and consultant specialising in constitutional, public, human rights and European law. He is known for his blog Head of Legal and is a regular panellist on the legal podcast Without Prejudice.

Charlie Logan

Charlie Logan lives in the small coastal town of Ilfracombe and is one of the Nowhereisland student explorers. Charlie spends much of his time exploring the landscape around him and taking part in a number of outdoor sports such as tennis and football.

Claire Doherty

A curator, art producer and writer, Claire specialises in commissioning artists to work outside conventional art contexts. She is leading the production and delivery of Nowhereisland as Director of the Situations programme at the University of the West of England.

David Bickerstaff

Award-winning film-maker known for feature length documentaries such as Making War Horse, David joins us as the official Nowhereisland film-maker.

Frank Hartley

Frank is one of the Nowhereisland student explorers; and currently attends Colyton Grammar School. Frank has travelled in South America and one of his life goals is to experience the Arctic and witness a live polar bear in the wild.

Kieron Kirkland

Kieron Kirkland is an independent researcher, who also moonlights as a magician. He's had a long-standing passion for developing and researching creative and participatory approaches to education. Click here for a Guardian article on Kieron Kirkland’s recent mentalist tour.

Kim Tilbrook

Kim will spend the summer of 2012 at the steering wheel of the Nowhereisland Embassy. A freelance consultant, producer and educator with over 25 years experience working in the arts, Kim will be leading the events and activities surrounding Nowhereisland’s visit to ports and harbours around the south west coast in 2012.

Laurie Penny

Laurie Penny is a journalist and feminist activist from London. She is a regular writer for New Statesman, and her political writing was shortlisted for the Orwell prize.

Lydia Kate Maloney

Lydia is one of the Nowhereisland student explorers and attends Ilfracombe Arts Collage. She has an interest in the natural world and has been a keen surfer and skier since the age of 13.

Max McClure

Max McClure is a freelance photographer based in Bristol and is the official Nowhereisland photographer.

Dr. Sam Thompson

Sam is a psychologist and policy analyst specialising in wellbeing, happiness and public mental health. He has worked with national and local government, the NHS, businesses and third sector organisations to explore how policy and practice could be different if promoting psychological wellbeing was a central goal.

Simon Anholt

In 1996, Simon devised the concept of nation brand. Today he works with governments, cities and regions worldwide to help them to develop how they are perceived and engage others.

Simon acted as a 'remote adviser' during the expedition, as he was not able to come on the trip due to unforeseen circumstances. This is an edited excerpt from a video presentation he made for the expedition team to consider on the first day of the expedition.

Dr. Stephen Pax Leonard

Stephen has been interested in the North and the Arctic since a young age and has just spent a year living with the Polar Eskimos of north-west Greenland. He is Research Associate at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge. Click here for access to Stephen Pax Leonard’s article for The Observer.

Tamsin Omond

Tamsin Omond is an author, environmental activist and journalist and is founder of Climate Rush. She has campaigned for the UK government to take action to avoid man-made climate change and in 2009, she was included in the Sunday Times list of "Top 30 Power Players Under-30".

Tania Kovats

Tania is a British artist who explores landscape through sculpture and drawing. Her recent work, TREE, 2009 was created for the Natural History Museum to mark the bicentenary of Charles Darwin.

Professor Tim Cresswell

A Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London since 2006, Tim’s research focuses on place and mobility, leading him to examine the cultural history of the tramp and hobo on the United States.

Royal Holloway website

Johnny Rutherford

Johnny is a BBC journalist and filmmaker. His work has taken him to China for the Olympic Games as a news producer and cameraman as well as working for major broadcasters in Africa, India, Middle East, America, Germany, Macedonia and most recently Serbia and the Republic of Georgia.

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Nowhereisland is a Situations project led by artist Alex Hartley, one of 12 Artist Taking the Lead projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad funded by Arts Council England. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the University of the West of England, Bristol; Bloomberg; Nicky Wilson Jupiter Artland; the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Yellowbrick Tracking.

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