A collaboration between Artists and Astronomers.

Lead Artists: Ione Parkin RWA and Gillian McFarland SSA

Creativity and Curiosity is an art/science project led by contemporary UK artists, Ione Parkin and Gillian McFarland, in connection with astrophysicists, cosmologists and planetary geologists.  Active engagement through discussions and creative dialogue has inspired a growing body of artwork that is being exhibited across the UK and internationally. An exhibition is NOW SHOWING at the Glasgow Science Centre (13th - 21st July 2019), including a ‘meet the artists’ session on Saturday 13 July (11.00 am - 4.00 pm).

This artist-led project originated through discussions with astronomers from the University of Leicester, leading on to involvement at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, Imperial College London, Birmingham University and Cardiff University. The project was launched at the Cambridge Science Festival 2017 with an exhibition, talks, panel discussions and workshops. Parkin and McFarland exhibited at the Zeiss-Gross Planetarium in Germany as part of the Berlin Science Week 2018, are talking about the C&C project at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, in 2019, and have been selected for the Art of the Cosmos exhibition organised in connection with the Hubble Space Team (April 2020 - Pasadena, California). The project team has been awarded grants by the Royal Astronomical Society, the Hope Scott Trust and the Arts Council England.

The C&C team have undertaken Research Visits to the Royal Astronomical Society’s Library and the Science Museum’s Blythe House collection, with support from Arts Council England.

Invited/collaborating artists include: Kate Bernstein (book artist/printmaker), Daniella de Paulis (Astronomers Without Borders/Visual Moonbounce), Graeme Hawes (glass-blower), Colette Rayner (animation artist, The Netherlands) and Alison Lochhead (sculptor).

Ione Parkin RWA, Royal West of England Academician, Honorary Visiting Fellow, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester

Gillian McFarland, Scottish Society of Artists, Artist in Residence, De Montfort University, Leicester, Honorary Research Fellow, School of Genetics, University of Leicester.