Confirmed for this virtual residency:
** Pale Blue Dot Collective – Framing the Universe Louise Beer + John Hooper present and discuss a series of works that explore the world around us, from the coastline of Margate to the endless skies of Aotearoa New Zealand. Through their shared practice, the artists endeavour to bring a new perspective about the detrimental impact of the climate crisis, not only on humanity but on all life and all environments.
** Exploring Mars a talk by Lucinda Offer (RAS Education and Outreach Officer)
Lucinda has worked in Mars analogue research with both the Mars Society and NASA in the USA. Her work spans the search for life, robotics and human simulations. She is currently the Executive Director of the Mars Society and is a UK Space Champion for Tim Peake’s return to space.
**Dr Sian Prosser – RAS Archive Exploration – A virtual tour of historical Mars observations from the RAS Library and Archives
Sian manages the library and archives of the Royal Astronomical Society, making them accessible to researchers and working with colleagues to use them in outreach and education activities. With a background in languages and a PhD in French medieval manuscripts, she became drawn to working with memory institutions, and since joining the Royal Astronomical Society in 2014 has completed the Certificate in Astronomy at UCL to better understand and interpret the RAS collections, and the people that created them.
**Carolyn Kennett – Ancient sites and ancient materials
A talk about prehistory and the materials used in ancient monuments. Carolyn Kennett is a historian of astronomy and archaeoastronomer.
**Dr Joanna Mayes – Shares her research into using minerals and pigments from a Cornish mine in her film practice, alongside processing and tinting film using plants from around the site. Joanna is Director of Mayes Creative and a specialist in alternative film processes.
** Artist: Peter Beeson – ‘Minerals as Materials’
Peter will talk about his work at Cornwall’s Rosevale Mine, collecting pigments from the mine and using them to create pastels and paints.
**Artist: Lisa Pettibone
Lisa’s art practice questions how the world is put together in terms of energy, forces and form as filtered through human perception. Exploring through materials, she creates sculpture (glass, fabric, paper, plastic) and uses photography and printmaking to investigate areas where humans and nature intersect. Often this process incorporates periods of research into scientific concepts, collaboration or site-specific work. Recent work reflects a growing interest in astronomy and physics.
Further details about speakers and workshop leaders can be found at www.mayescreative.com