Stunning multimedia work from Derek Eland, a former official war artist, will be on display at Rheged, Cumbria’s award-winning arts centre this spring and summer.
Derek was the first artist to undertake a six-week residency at Everest base camp during the 2016 April-May summit season, a year on from Everest’s devastating earthquakes. His multimedia work records the lives of the temporary community of 1,000 people preparing for the biggest and riskiest journey of their lives: to climb Everest.
Being Human at Base Camp, which opens on 29 April and runs until 2 July, goes beyond the mythology of Everest and offers a dramatic vision of the emotions, sacrifices, anxiety and psyche of the drive to climb the highest peak on earth. Base camp is where climbers must decide for themselves if their passion is worth potentially losing their lives, abandoning their loved ones and accepting the risk and suffering for the greatest climb; a tick off the bucket list.
If you’ve ever thought about surmounting the peak (or just want to experience in some way what it might be like to prepare for the climb of your life) then head along to Rheged.