Open Call For Artist – NOW CLOSED

From the Project Pressure expedition to Nepal in 2012.

Taken on the Project Pressure expedition to Nepal in 2012.

Nepal Expedition October 2016
Open Call for Photographer

Project Pressure and The Glacier Trust invite proposals from artists using photography and video to contribute to Project Pressure’s archive. This opportunity will see an artist travel to the Nepalese Himalayas to document glacier research in the region.
Project Pressure is a charity documenting the world’s vanishing glaciers, collaborating with world-renowned artists to create work that will inspire action and participation. The project’s purpose is to launch the world’s first comprehensive crowd-sourced glacier archive hosted on an open source digital platform (MELT), a touring photographic exhibition, and a book publication.
The Glacier Trust provides education and expertise through locally based organisations, our Partners, to enable communities to understand the problems that climate change presents and how to implement solutions.
The selected artist will be invited to join a three-week expedition to Nepal. Starting in Lukla, a town in the Khumbu area of the Solukhumbu District, which is part of the Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal, the trek will follow a route to Chhukung.
The selected artist will join a team of students and staff from Tribhuvan University and Kathmandu University, as they study glaciers and permafrost in the region.
The artist would be required to be skilled with a camera in order to accurately capture the expedition’s research being carried out, with powerful and informative images, with videography being desired, but not required.
The selected artist will also be expected to create a body of their own work while on the expedition. Proposals are invited for any project that would be achievable in the time-frame, and deliverable by the end of December 2016.
The work will become part of Project Pressure’s archive and will also be exhibited as part of the travelling exhibition in 2017 & 2018 alongside Simon Norfolk, Noémie Goudal, Mariele Neudecker et al. It will also be used for publicity for the charity. Project Pressure’s archive is open-source for educational, scientific and not-for-profit use; all other rights will remain with the artist. Examples of previous projects are viewable on the Project Pressure blog.
During this trekking expedition over moderate ground, the team will pass many glaciers; Dablam (a hanging glacier), three major glaciers around Imja Tscho Lake, the Imja Glacier (joined by Lhotse Shar and Ambulapcha Glaciers) and the Lhotse Shar Glacier.
The dates for the trek are 12th October – 30th October 2016.
The deadline for proposals is 11th September 2016, 11.59pm GMT.
Flights, accommodation and food are provided.
Project Pressure sponsors Rab will supply the artist with trekking kit.
To apply please submit the following to with the title ‘WPO Nepal Open Call Application’:
• A short bio (max 500 words)
• An outline of what you intend to achieve with your own project (max 500 words)
• A moodboard (one A4 page, PDF) with reference images of your work, showing similar photography to what you will create.

(Max. 3 A4 pages)
The selection will be made by a panel consisting of;
Jamie Forsyth – Director of The Glacier Trust
Flora Fairbairn – independent curator
John Wyatt-Clarke – Project Pressure
Simon Norfolk – Photographer (2015 Sony World Photography Awards, Professional winner, Landscape) Simon’s winning series had been commissioned by Project Pressure
This call is only open to established artists, no students. Aged 18 and over, any nationality. There will be no remuneration for the selected artist and no monetary exchange can be made for items provided. Free to apply.
The Glacier Trust
Project Pressure
World Photography Organisation


Outdoors Installation

Esmarkbreen, Svalbard, 2013 by Corey Arnold

Esmarkbreen, Svalbard (2013) by Corey Arnold

Project Pressure, with the generous backing of The Lighthouse Foundation, is displaying some of its photographic archive on an outdoor installation in Schleimünde Pilot Island, Germany. A selection of highlights from contributors so far, including Simon Norfolk, Corey Arnold and Mariele Neudecker, will adorn boards close one of the Foundation’s buildings. The installation opens on 16th July, with a free talk by charity director Klaus Thymann.


Talk at Photo-Forum: 14th June

Cotopaxi, Ecuador 2009

Cotopaxi, Ecuador 2009

Tonight Klaus Thymann and Simon Norfolk will be giving a talk at this month’s Photo-Forum event. They will be speaking about how the arts can intersect environmental issues, including detailing how this is important in long term projects such as Project Pressure.
The talk is free and everyone is welcome. See the full event details on Facebook, Twitter and the Photo-Forum website.
7pm at ThePrintSpace, 74 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DL.


Expedition: Arthur E Harrison

Steven's Canyon Road, Mount Rainier by Peter Funch

Steven’s Canyon Road, Mount Rainier by Peter Funch

In September 2016 Peter Funch will return to Washington for the third instalment of his exploration of the Cascade Range. Funch will continue to use this area’s rich tourism history to create comparative imagery. Alongside this he has gained access to the extensive photographic archive of Arthur E. Harrison at the University of Washington Library. The information and photographs there will enable a fuller portrait of the area and provide further comparisons.


Noordelicht Photofestival

Simon Norfolk’s series of Lewis Glacier on Mount Kenya will be on display as part of the Noorderlicht Photofestival. Running from 22 May – 3rd July at Museum Belvédère in Heerenveen, Netherlands. The exhibition celebrates documentary photography from 21 different artists from around the world, read more here.


Scott Conarroe: Frontière, Frontiera, Grenze

Chaltwasser Gletscher, Switzerland, 2014 by Scott Conarroe

Chaltwasser Gletscher, Switzerland, 2014 by Scott Conarroe

On Thursday Scott Conarroe’s photographic series of the European Alps; Frontiere, Frontiera, Grenze will open as part of an exhibition that pairs it alongside the glacial photography of Vittorio Sella. This ongoing project is an exploration of the shifting borders of the Alp nations that move as the glaciers recede. Conarroe has repeatedly visited these regions in order to develop an archival timeline that depicts these transient landscapes.
Scott Conarroe e Vittorio Sella: Frontière, Frontiera, Grenze opens on 19th May at Photographica FineArt, Lugano Switzerland.


We’re Hiring

We currently have two positions available to join us in our London Office.

Part Time Researcher
You will need to be very organised with a strong attention to detail. Ideally the candidate will be a focused individual with an interest in glacier geology and the environment. Previous experience researching and familiarity with scholastic papers is ideal.
Main duties will be research and development of our upcoming expeditions and platforms, this includes location research and scientific outreach therefore confidence is crucial. Other duties will include helping to fundraise through multiple channels and preparing presentations.
This will be one/two days a week to start immediately, with pay dependent on experience. Please send a CV to with a short paragraph stating why you believe you are suitable for the position.

Fundraising Intern

Requirements include strong office admin skills with a good command of written and spoken English, as main duties will be fundraising including writing various applications, documents and presentations. You will need to be very organised with a keen eye for detail.
Ideally the candidate will be a focused individual with an interest and/or experience working in environmental science and glacial geology.
The charity spans the arts, science and educational sectors and so this position would be great for a student with an open mind and broad interests. You will gain real work experience contributing to the charity and have the chance to interact with colleagues who are at the top of their field. You will be able to experience all aspects of the charity and become an integral part of a network creating a real difference to climate change awareness.
This will be one/two days a week to start immediately for a minimum of three months with expenses reimbursed.
Please send a CV to with a short paragraph stating why you believe you are suitable for the position.

If you have not heard back by 6th May unfortunately you will not have been successful.


Seen on Earth

Lewis Glacier, Mount Kenya (2015) by Simon Norfolk

Lewis Glacier, Mount Kenya (2015) by Simon Norfolk

As a result of winning the Earth Award (sponsored by LensCulture) in 2015, Simon Norfolk’s contribution to Project Pressure, documenting Lewis Glacier on Mount Kenya, is now part of a stimulating group show at Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna. Seen on Earth presents multiple photographic interpretations of the ongoing destruction of the environment. It aims to depict the increasing pollution of the environment and the resulting impact of climate and ecological change.

Seen on Earth
runs 17th March – 30th June 2016.


Mount Aragats and Lake Sevan

Cairngorms, Scotland by Toby Smith

Cairngorms, Scotland by Toby Smith

Mount Aragats is both the highest point in Armenia, a beautiful national symbol and a popular destination for tourists. Toby Smith and Project Pressure will complete a summer expedition to circumnavigate and summit Mount Aragats, documenting the stunning landscapes, historical sites and incredible panoramic views. The results will be geo-tagged and published online as part of the Project Pressure archive. Lake Sevan, the ‘recreational and economic heart’ of Armenia will then be explored to create a vivid portrait of this country’s landscape.


World Photo Organisation

Tasman Glacier by Klaus Thymann

Tasman Glacier by Klaus Thymann

With such close ties to the World Photography Organisation we are delighted to have been featured in their blog. The interview with charity director Klaus Thymann charts recent successful expeditions as well as the future development of the charity. It also highlights some of the fantastic contributions made to the archive last year, from Fox Glacier in New Zealand to Eqalorutsit Glacier in South Greenland.
Simon Norfolk’s contribution to the Project Pressure archive documenting Lewis Glacier in Kenya won in the landscape category of the Sony World Photography Award last year. We hope to continue producing award winning artwork, with four new artists adding to our roster of talented contributors.