Creativity and Curiosity
Exploring the richness of space imagery through engaging in creative dialogue with academic researchers.
Curiosity and Creativity
Conversations between artists and astronomers
Creativity and Curiosity is a project led by Acuity Arts who are collaborating with three artists, Ione Parkin RWA, Alison Lochhead and Gillian McFarland, whose work draws connections and inspiration from astronomy and space.
This is an exciting partnership where the three artists 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 project is supported by the Royal Astronomical Society, who have awarded initial funds for creative research which will lead towards a touring exhibition.
Meet the Artists
Gillian Adair McFarland LSA SSA
Paper & Glass
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
Mixed media and canvas
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.
Sculptor, metal, glass and stone
Ali 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.
Meet the Astronomers
University of Leicester, Astrophysics & Space Science
University of Cambridge, Institute of Astronomy
Imperial College London, Astrophysics
Martin Barstow Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Strategic Science Projects, Director, Leicester Institute of Space & Earth Observation, Professor of Astrophysics & Space Science, University of Leicester
Sue Bowler Editor, Astronomy & Geophysics Magazine for the RAS School of Earth and Environment University of Leeds
John Bridges Professor of Planetary Science Space Research Centre Leicester Institute for Space and Earth Observation University of Leicester
Robin Catchpole Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Carolin Crawford Public Astronomer Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Denis Erkal Post Doc at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Gary Fildes Kielder Observatory
Morgan Fraser Royal Society SFI University Research Fellow University College Dublin
Tom Haworth Research Fellow Imperial College, London
Steve Holmes Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society Technical Programme Manager at Oculus Research, Redmond, WA, USA
Martin Johnson Emeritus Professor of Reproductive Sciences, Christ's College Cambridge
Deyan Mihaylov Post Doc at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Barnaby J. Rickett Emeritus Professor UC San Diego
Sarah Russell Head of Mineral & Planetary Sciences Natural History Museum, London
Mark Simms Professor in Astrobiology & Space Instrumentation, National Space Research Centre University of Leicester
Nial Tanvir Professor of Astronomy University of Leicester
Amaury Triaud Post doc at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Roberto Trotta Reader in Astrophysics Imperial College, London