Art and science are hand-in-hand at the British Science Festival

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Get creative at the in Newcastle this September at the British Science Festival. There’s a huge range of arts events, from exclusive new works exploring climate change and space travel, to the cultural negotiation of science and anatomy life drawing, there’s something for everyone with an artistic flair.
‘Second Moon’ is an artwork by Katie Paterson that tracks the orbit of a small fragment of the moon as it circles the earth, via airfreight courier. It launches from the British Science Festival on 8 September to begin a year-long journey that will see it orbiting the earth 30 times, twice the speed of our moon. A free App will allow users to track Second Moon’s whereabouts, as will iPads and projections in different locations across the world.
Stretch your creative muscles and get stuck in at ‘Busy B’s: Science and Art’ drop-in sessions on 7 and 8 September. No need to book, just turn up and let your young artists explore exciting ways to combine art and science with artists from the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
Bring together artistic skills and a scientific approach at ‘Anatomy Life Drawing’ on 10 September. Observe and sketch a live human body using anatomy teaching materials with the help of the anatomy demonstrators at Newcastle University Medical Schools.
Organised by Invisible Dust, you’ll see a series of artworks around the festival as part of ‘Invisible’. Adam Chodzko presents Rising, an audio work produced especially for the Festival. The piece is an extraordinary, waterlogged, dreamlike future for the Great North Run, where runners have adapted physically and psychologically to their increasingly aquatic environment of flash flooding and rising water levels brought about through climate change.
Comics are a fantastically accessible way of telling stories, and science is full of incredible stories that really need to be told. ‘Science and Comics’ on 7-12 September is the perfect partnership, so join us for a day of workshops
The relationship between science and culture is complex and vibrant. ‘Extraordinary renditions: The cultural negotiation of science’ from 7-12 September is a new work by three artists involved in the cultural negotiation of science, bringing together scientific partners, and the resulting interpretive artworks explore the spectrum of biomedical and fundamental science in North East England today.
In the very space where Joseph Swan first demonstrated his light bulb in 1879, ‘Lumen’ on 11 September is a drama that follows the battle between Edison and Swan, who both claimed to have invented the incandescent light bulb.
The Festival will take place from 7-12 September in Newcastle, and provides an opportunity to meet researchers face-to-face and discuss the latest science, technology and engineering.
Space for some events is limited, so book now to reserve your place at www.britishsciencefestival.org or call 08456 807 207 for more information.
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