Polar places, people and wildlife

31 October 2016

Images taken in Earth’s coldest places by the international award-winning wildlife and travel photographer Sue Flood are to go on show at the Grosvenor Museum in her home city of Chester this winter.

The exhibition – Cold Places: Pictures from the Poles (19 November to 22 February) features around 40 of the photographs Sue has captured during more than a dozen visits to the Arctic and Antarctic, including shots of polar bears, penguins, whales, seals, seabirds, Arctic people, glaciers and snowscapes.

She is also lending items from her Inuit arts and crafts collection, to be displayed alongside a selection of her Polar survival gear.
Sue says: “Having had several brushes with danger at the Poles – such as being cast adrift on an ice floe, camping at -40 degrees and getting in the water with leopard seals - and discovering just how cold ‘cold’ can be (once by taking a swim at the North Pole), I fully understand that not everyone will share my passion for visiting the Arctic or Antarctic in person. But the museum is much easier to reach, and warmer, and I am very much hoping this exhibition will give more people a sense of the grandeur, harshness, fragility and great beauty that’s to be found at the top and bottom of our world, and a new respect for the people and animals found there all year-round.”

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing added: “Sue’s early career as a natural history TV producer and more recently as one of the very few women working full-time as a wildlife and travel photographer has taken her to many wonderful places all over the world but she is drawn back time and time again to the epic beauty of the Polar regions. This great love shines clearly in her award-winning photography, creating a very special way for the people of her home area to enjoy a flavour of what Polar life and scenery is like, but in more comfort.”  Cold Places opens in the Grosvenor Museum’s Gallery One on Saturday 19 November and runs until Wednesday 22 February next year. 

A companion programme of talks, family activities and book signings will take place alongside the exhibition.

Sue Flood was born and brought up near Chester, attended secondary school in the city and now lives just across the Cheshire border in North Wales. She holds a string of awards for her wildlife and travel photography and is also a noted photographer of gardens, recently winning an award in the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition.

Prior to taking up full-time photography, she was a natural history documentary maker, working on many programmes for Survival Anglia and, later, the BBC Natural History Unit. Her TV credits include A Boy among Polar Bears, Blue planet, Killer Whale Special, Planet Earth and Polar Bears on this ice.

The museum’s opening hours are 10.30am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday; 1pm to 4pm, Sundays.

 Admission is free but donations of £3 are suggested. To keep up to date with Grosvenor Museum news and activities, see www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk, or see West Cheshire Museums on Twitter and the Grosvenor Museum’s Facebook page.

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