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Janet Tavener: The Last Seed

Visually sumptuous photographs concerned with environmental issues

The series titled “The Last Seed” draws its content from Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, that houses 5,000 species of essential food crops deep within the Arctic permafrost.

The vault was supposed to be an impenetrable, modern-day Noah’s ark for plants, a life raft against climate change and catastrophe. But a recent flood threatened its security – heavy rain occurred at a time of year when the temperature was usually well below freezing.

Scientists are building repositories of everything from seeds to mammal milk in a race to preserve a natural order.

Creating cabinets of curiosity serving to remind us of our own mortality, of our mistakes and failures – a modern day Memento Mori.



Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 5pm

Wednesday 27 June to Saturday 21 July 2018



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