The Observatory: perspectives on landscape, society and spirit
The Observatory: perspectives on landscape, society and spirit was an exhibition of work by 40 South West artists inspired by the University of Exeter's key research themes.
An open exhibition, The Observatory: perspectives on landscape, society and spirit was organised by the Arts and Culture Department and the project culminating in the exhibition began in January 2017 with a call-out to artists working in the South West. Artists were asked to submit a piece of work that related to one of the key research themes here at the University of Exeter. Forty works were chosen out of over one hundred entries by a panel of judges.
The resulting exhibition was displayed from 11 to 18 June 2017 in The Forum on the University of Exeter's Streatham Campus. During the exhibition week, a series of associated public events were held promoting not only research, but also the University of Exeter's Fine Art Collection and beautiful campus environment. These included: Creative Conversations, which reviewed the benefits of collaborations between researchers and artists providing a great networking opportunity, Think…Art, a family day of creativity and learning which hosted a variety of arts and activities linked to the University of Exeter's research themes, a guided Sculpture Trail, Jubilee Water Walk and Horticultural Walk, and a tour of The BIll Douglas Cinema Museum.
Two awards were presented to artists for their pieces submitted to the exhibition:
The Judges' award was given to Julia Hutton's BURNING LIGHT, The Passing Day (Morning), with William Walton-Freeman's Vaquerito and Jane Colquhoun's All of Us Somewhere being highly commended.
The Visitors' Favourite award was voted for by visitors to The Observatory exhibition and was awarded to Amy McCarthy's A World Without.
The focus of the University of Exeter's research continually evolves and some of these themes will soon change to meet the challenges of the future and become part of the newly funded Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, combining expertise from humanities and social sciences, together with natural, medical and environmental sciences.