A harp seal swims below the ice, photographed by Jennifer Hayes during the Elysium Arctic expedition.
Image: Harp Seal, Copyright Jennifer Hayes

Elysium Arctic

Presented by Australian National Maritime Museum
Free - No Ticket Required

A series of breathtaking artworks on the Darling Harbour foreshore capturing the majesty of the polar north – and the impact of climate change.

In 2015 a team of explorers, photographers and scientists sailed through the High Arctic of Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland to document their unique environments.

Together, they created Elysium Arctic, an ongoing series of artworks capturing the icons of the polar north – majestic icebergs and glaciers, playful wildlife and stunning views of land and sea.

Elysium Arctic also records the devastating impact of climate change in the earth’s northernmost regions. The Elysium projects are run by internationally acclaimed wildlife photographer, explorer and conservationist Michael Aw. Aw believes that art can inspire people to take action against climate change and save some of the most vulnerable places on earth.

Braving sub-zero temperatures, sea ice and some very curious polar bears, the Elysium team has produced a breathtaking visual journey through the Arctic. Join them as you wander along the Darling Harbour foreshore – then pop into the Maritime Museum to learn more about the Arctic region.