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Adele is a multidisciplinary environmental artist, researcher and educator interested in the interrelationships between people, places, culture and nature.  Through her work Adele hopes to deepen connections between people and the natural world. 


Much of her recent work has focused on Antarctica, inspired by the continent's cultural, geopolitical and natural environments. Her Antarctic art explores the interconnectivity between earth systems, and human engagements with and impact upon the natural world.


Adele has worked as a project manager, community artist, and evaluation consultant for local government and non-governmental organisations. In these roles she managed a diverse range of public art, community development, education, and environmental projects.


Adele studied the social application of the arts at the University of Leeds and global education through art at the University of York. She has worked in Antarctica since 2013 in roles including base leader, conservation team field assistant, expedition photographer and nature guide. She is currently based in Aotearoa New Zealand and holds a PhD in Antarctic studies. Her thesis examined the value of contemporary visual artists working in Antarctica.



PhD Antarctic Studies. Gateway Antarctica, Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury. New Zealand

Thesis: 'Shaping perspectives of Antarctica: An examination of the value and production of Antarctic visual art'.


MA Educational Studies. University of York. UK

Dissertation: ‘Global education through art: A practice-based case study’. 


First class BA (Hons) Arts Education. University of Leeds. UK

Selected Exhibitions


Antarctic Sun Lines

Te Puna o Waiwhetū / Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand


Ka Awatea     

The Miniature Gallery, Lyttelton, New Zealand


Antarctic Circles     

The Art Works, Halifax, UK


Antarctic Circles     

Barbican Library, Barbican Centre, London



Kala Sangam, Bradford, UK


Unsere Strassen / Our Streets     

Berlin, Germany


Between the Lines     

Battersea Arts Centre, London


Making Sense     

Wakefield Art Gallery, UK


Making Sense     

Barbican Library, Barbican Centre, London



Berlin Office Artist Residency, Berlin


Inspire Artist Residency

South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust

Conference Presentations


'A changing cultural climate: Harnessing the value of artists working in Antarctica'

New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference. Christchurch, New Zealand.


'Valuing Antarctic visual arts: An examination of their impact'

POLAR2018: SCAR/IASC Conference. Davos, Switzerland.


'Antarctic Sun Lines: Connecting Antarctic gateway cities through art'

POLAR2018: SCAR/IASC Conference. Davos, Switzerland.


OE: Open engagement- art after aesthetic distance. Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Published Material

Jackson, A. (n.d.) 'A changing cultural climate: Realising the value of artists working in Antarctica'. Polar Record, 1-7. doi: 10.1017/S0032247419000470

Jackson, A. (2018) 'Art collaboration with the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs 2018/19: "Antarctic Sun Lines".'  The Polar Journal Vol. 9. doi: 10.1080/2154896X.2018.1541840

Jackson, A. (2017) 'Antarctic solargraph, Port Lockroy 2016-17'  The Polar Journal Vol. 7 No. 2 Front Cover

Jackson, A. (2009) 'Unsere strassen / Our streets' The Suitcase Gallery Publishing Company

Conteh, J. and Jackson, A. (2008) 'Different ways of seeing: A sociocultural approach to global education through art' Education 3- 13. Vol. 36 No. 3 pp265-280

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