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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG): the heart of geography
Past exhibitions
Aurel Stein and the Silk Road
Making Freedom
Rediscovering African Geographies
Seeing China
The Punjab Moving Journeys
Bombay Africans 1850 to 1910
With Scott to the Pole
From Kabul to Kandahar: 1833 - 1933
The Changing Face of the Earth
The Creative Compass
Hidden Histories of Exploration
Fashioning Diaspora Space: Moving Patterns
The legacy of the Silk Road
Trailfinders staff photography exhibition

The Creative Compass

The compass and imagination have been essential tools for geographers, explorers and travellers over the centuries; resulting in maps and illustrations of encounters and discoveries that connect the world’s peoples, places and environments.

In the 21st century, the Society’s Collections of over a million maps and atlases, the earliest dating back 400 years, have provided the starting point for artists Agnès Poitevin-Navarre and Susan Stockwell’s new commissions.

Their engagement with the Society, and its Collections, revealed the map and mapping as a format through which to explore the power, authority and hidden narratives that histories of mapping have produced.

This exhibition and an accompanying programme of talks and workshops was funded by Arts Council England, and took place May-August 2010.

A 32 page illustrated colour exhibition catalogue is available. It features an essay by Dr Harriet Hawkins (University of Exeter) and artist interviews by Paul Goodwin (Goldsmiths College and Tate). £8 plus £1.50 postage and packing (p&p) per copy.

Email us or call +44 (0)20 7591 3052 to order your copy.


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