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Exeter–based artist Naomi Hart has recently developed a series of thought-provoking paintings entitled ice report. This
exhibition of paintings responds to a year-long Leverhulme residency the artist
spent working with ice scientists from Sheffield University, and most
particularly her expedition with them to Svalbard. The work investigates the often opposing, man-made interventions present in
the ice fields of the High Arctic.
With support from the University of Exeter Arts and Culture department, Naomi displayed her ice report exhibition during the recent conference Explore South West, organised by the Royal Geographical Society and held at the University of Exeter – an event open to anyone who is interested in exploring, but particularly useful to scientists and researchers to get practical information about how to plan expeditions, how to stay safe and how to communicate their research.
Conference delegates had an opportunity to see Naomi’s work and talk to her about her experiences of being an artist who collaborates with researchers and explorers.
Naomi said, “I have often worked with researchers on collaborative projects in far-flung parts of the world, and Explore was a great place to meet like-minded people. Many researchers are keen to use art with their research, but often don't know how to find artists or what the possibilities for collaboration might be. Explore was a friendly, open, non-hierarchical event which allowed me to meet researchers and talk about shared passions.”
Students, staff and the public will have the opportunity to see Naomi Hart’s ice report exhibition at Exeter Phoenix starting during British Science Week on 14th March, until 16th April 2019. Entry is free.
An evening event, entitled Art meets Science: journeys to the ends of the earth, will also be held at Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 14th March at 7.30pm. In this event Naomi Hart will speak about the work in her exhibition and share a discussion about art and science with Dr Anne Le Brocq, who is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography the University of Exeter and a highly respected ice scientist looking at ice sheet modelling, particularly in the Antarctic. Anne is perhaps best known for her video game where penguins explain ice flows. Tickets for this evening event are £3.50. Find out more and buy your tickets at https://www.artsandcultureexeter.co.uk/whats-on/art-meets-science-journeys-ends-earth/