Curiosity and Creativity: conversations between artists and astronomers

at the Cambridge Science Festival on 13th and 14th of March


See pictures of the event below


In an exciting new partnership between Arts and Science, three contemporary women artists - Gillian McFarland, Ione Parkin and Alison Lochhead - have been collaborating with astronomers and planetary geologists to produce an exhibition with related discussions.

The artists are interpreting the universe through the materials of their own disciplines – painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing and glass blowing.
The result is a new perspective on the fabulously rich imagery of space, involving scientists and the wider community in a creative dialogue around current thinking and research about the universe.
The exhibition is supported by the Royal Astronomical Society, who have awarded initial funds for creative research towards a touring exhibition.

Private View on Mon 13 March: The exhibition will be launched in Cambridge as part of the Cambridge Science Festival and officially opened by Professor Martin A Barstow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester and former President of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Mon 13 March - 7pm:  We are very pleased to also welcome bricklayer turned astronomer and author Gary Fildes, Director and Founder of the award winning Kielder Observatory in Northumberland. He will be there to give a talk on 'Astronomy through the Ages' and sign copies of his book, An Astronomer's Tale: A Life Under The Stars.

Tues 14 March, 7 - 8.30pm:  There will be a panel discussion by the artists and astronomers involved on the project.

Dates: Mon 13 March - Tues 14 March (Opening times 10am - 9pm)

Venue:  Yusuf Hamied Centre, Christ’s College, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3BU 1.

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Gary Fildes:


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Meet the Artists

Gillian Adair McFarland LSA SSA

Gillian works with experimental blown glass and punctured paper pieces. Her work has featured in numerous group shows, including the Royal Society of Arts Summer Show, Cork St Open, and the Frieze Art Fair, as well as in four solo exhibitions.

Ione Parkin RWA

Ione Parkin has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, including solo shows in Baltimore (USA), London, Cambridge, Bristol and her home city of Bath. Her work is in numerous private and corporate collections.

Alison Lochhead

Alison Lochhead,sculptor, has participated in countless group and solo exhibitions in the UK, the USA and New Zealand and has worked internationally in the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia and Asia.

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