This year will be the third time that I run an art exhibition where we celebrate the natural world. I really enjoy this time of year as the exhibition creates a great buzz in the Crew Building (where the exhibition takes place and where I spend the majority of my time). In my role as a University Teacher I am lucky to interact with many students but I find this event gives me the opportunity to talk to staff and students about what they are planning to submit (many of whom I haven’t seen before).
My overall aim for the exhibition across the years is to help us communicate our interest in science and nature better. This year I am asking a bit more of people and I want them to focus more on the unappreciated world. For instance, you likely pass splendid things everyday on your way to work or to your field site which you don’t notice or take the time to enjoy. For staff and students doing research there may be things in your data collection that are actually beautiful but you overlook.
This year the event is called See and Inspire and that is exactly what I hope to achieve from the event. Not only for people to be inspired by the beauty of the painting, photograph or sculpture which is being displayed but also in the natural environment or research on which it was based.
If you are interested in participating in this event, you need to get your submission in quick as spaces are filling up fast! If you would like to submit a painting, sculpture or photograph please contact me ASAP to reserve a space (Christina.Coakley@ed.ac.uk).
Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 15th February.
All artwork will be displayed from Monday 20th February and a formal drinks reception with special guest, prizes and potentially live music will take place on Thursday 23rd February, 2-4pm in the Crew Foyer.
This year’s event is in collaboration with The Arty Scientists and The Community BEES. The Community BEES are a group set up to help create a sense of community within the Ecology and Environmental Science Programme, click here to read their blog. The Arty Scientists are a group of scientists who also want to communicate science through art. They are hosting two workshops in the Festival of Creative Learning; make sure you check these out and click here to visit their events page.
We look forward to seeing you art!
To learn about our past events please use the links below.
If you like the sound of this event you may also be interested in: A Public Art Puzzle: A symposium on Sir Eduardo Paolozzi’s Tottenham Court Road Mosaic Arches at University of Edinburgh, Discovering the Unseen World, Communicating science with art: we’re lichen it!