Thursday, 6 February 2014

Sneak preview: Arty events at the Science Festival 2014

University of Cambridge Science Festival, 10 - 23 March 2014

Plan ahead for arty events at this year's Science extravaganza.  Lots of interesting non-art stuff as well.  Visit the
Festival website to pre-book.  Most events are FREE!

Visual art

Fiji exhibition.  Source:  MAA.

Art and Power in Fiji
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street. 
Exhibition open Tues-Sun.  Guided tours on Fridays 14 and 21 March, 3 pm (pre-book).  Talk on how decorative patterns make the objects powerful, Thurs 20 March 5.30 pm (pre-book)
The first exhibition on Fijian art outside of Fiji.

Fijian Barkcloth
Small Exams Hall, Arts School, Bene't Street.  Sat 15 March, 11-4 pm.
For the first time in a generation, a large pice of barkcloth from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology will be on display.

Abraham Ortelius' map of Iceland published ca. 1595.  Source:  UL Cambridge.

Pictures, Perspectives and Plans
Cambridge University Library, West Road.  Tues 11 March, 5.30 pm.  Pre-book (free).
Learn about changing styles in cartography and view examples of maps from the 15th century to now.

Painting with the Earth
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Downing Street.  Wed 19 March, 7 pm.  Pre-book
Spike Bucklow of the Hamilton Kerr Institute (one of the world's leading institutes in the conservation of paintings) talks about natural mineral painting pigments over the millennia.

Exhibit at the Wellcome exhibition.  Source: CB University

Wellcome Image Awards

Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road (entry also via corner Collier Rd / Mackenzie Rd). 

Exhibition Mon-Sat.  Private View Thurs 20 March, 5 pm, with a talk by the Wellcome Trust at 7 pm.
See images that bring to life medical discovery, from microscopy to illustration. 

Live art performances in response to neuroscientific research, incl. painting, drawing, video installation, in situ drawing and live art performance.  Pre-book.  £3.
Venue to be announced: check the booking page.

Display at the Sedgwick Museum.  Source:  University of CB, Museums and Collections

The Art and Science of Curation

Polar Museum, Lensfield Road.  Thurs 20 March, 6 pm.  Pre-book.

Join a panel of curators as they explore the definition and role of curation across arts and sciences.  Presented by University of Cambridge Museums.

Egyptian Blue: The First Synthetic Pigment
Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  Wed 12 March, 1.15 pm.
Find out about making and investigating this pigment; run by two conservators (Antiquities).

Conservation Conversations
Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  Fri 14 March, 5-7 pm; Sat 15 March, 2-4 pm.
Listen to talks on how objects are conserved and preserved.

Infrared technology at the Fitz.  Source:  labbulletin.

Infrared Light on Manuscript Illuminations
Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  Wed 19 March 1.15 pm.
A presentation by the research associate (Manuscripts and Printed Books).


Human Lymphocyte by David ScharfSource: Royal Photographic Society.

International Images for Science Exhibition 
ArtCell Gallery, Cancer Research UK, Li Ka Shing Centre, Robinson Way. 
Exhibition open Mon-Fri.
See scientific photographs showing images from distant galaxies to subatomic particles.  Also an opportunity to discover this little-known venue (I hadn't heard of it).

Engineering Captured on Camera
Michaelhouse Café, Trinity Street.
Exhibition open Mon-Sat.
See entries from the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering photography competition.

Source:  Cambridge Science Festival.

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