UKAHT statement on coronavirus
2020 was always going to be an extraordinary year. But none of us really anticipated quite how extraordinary. We started the year with the launch of Antarctica In Sight, our cultural programme to bring Antarctica closer to all of us through artists commissions, public events and learning programmes. The first few months of this bicentenary year have certainly been remarkable, with events held across the UK including sell-out talks, community programmes, artists’ works and high profile speaking engagements, and coverage of UKAHT’s work everywhere from the Today Programme to The Daily Express.
Our plans are, and continue to be, ambitious, but now we must evolve our thinking in light of COVID-19. In the interests of the wellbeing of our employees, project partners and the wider public, we and our partners are following government advice, including the closing of venues and the rescheduling of public events.
So, what does this mean for Antarctica In Sight and the celebration of the bicentenary of the discovery of Antarctica? Well, the programme must change. We are looking to reschedule and repurpose our events and activities to a time when we are all able to emerge into the public realm once more. We are also exploring new means of sharing the amazing artworks and events we had planned through our digital platforms.
We are grateful to all our supporters, donors and friends for your continued support and your forbearance as we navigate these challenging times. My pledge to you is that we will honour our commitment to share the incredible stories of human endeavour of the last two hundred years and make this bicentenary year one to remember. It just might take a little longer.
Please keep an eye on our website www.ukaht.org for updates and follow us on social media for the latest news and stories.
For now, please keep safe and I look forward to sharing more with you soon.
Camilla Nichol, Chief Executive