On the evening of Tuesday 25 September, artists, researchers and visitors came together to discover the winners of the visions of science inaugural Art Prize.
The Visions of Science exhibition showcases 139 works inspired by scientific phenomena studied at the University of Bath, including works from emerging and established artists from across the UK.
Science is the University’s largest faculty and researches themes across biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematical sciences, pharmacy & pharmacology and physics. The fascinating research has inspired a diverse range of works – from site-specific drawings borrowing from mathematical sequences, to paintings which explore climate change, and sculptures that imitate and illustrate concepts from biology and physics.
The Visions of Science Art Prize winners were selected by Alan Cotton, artist and Honorary Professor of Arts, University of Bath, Dr Chris Stephens, Director of the Holburne Museum, and Professor Nick Brook, Dean of Science, University of Bath. After spending many hours considering each and every artwork in the Art Prize and the research depicted, the judges were pleased to announce the winners alongside Jamie Eastman, Director of Arts – celebrating art and science coming together. The awards went to Catherine Richardson (First Prize), Richard Bright (Second Prize), and Scott Luís Masson (Emerging Artist).
The judges were impressed with the range of subject matter covered across the two galleries, and Nick Brook spoke of the complexities and wonder of science that were captured – ‘Artworks looking at water, microscopic things, or imagining a larger world beyond our universe’.
The exhibition continues until Saturday 13 October, the Art Prize exhibition presented alongside works by eight artists who were awarded a Visions of Science Bursary to collaborate with researchers at the University.
Anna Barclay – from left to right: Alan Cotton prize judge, Patricia Cotton, Dr Chris Stephens prize judge, Scott Luís Masson emerging artist prize winner, Nick Brook prize judge, Richard Bright second prize winner, Jamie Eastman Director of Arts, Priscila Buschinelli Exhibition Manager
First Prize of £4000 was awarded to Catherine Richardson for Shelf Crack, 2018 a digital print on opaque film.
Catherine Richardson received her BFA from The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, UK, followed by a fellowship award. Her work examines ways in which climate and current cultural awareness influence how we regard landscape phenomena. Her practice involves experimentation with paint, inks, pond water and metals; building a library of textures by by freezing, thawing, evaporating, heating and burning. She then uses digital techniques to organize a collage of scanned textures, creating imagery that expresses landforms experienced.
Second Prize of £1250 was awarded to Richard Bright for Time Waves No. 18 (unfold, 6hrs 14mins), 2018 a pen and ink drawing.
Richard Bright’s work as an artist draws from scientific concepts of mathematical, natural and physical processes, influenced by his BA in Fine Art and BSc in Physics. Time Waves No. 18 (unfold, 6hrs 14mins) explores ripples in the fabric of space-time inspired by gravitational waves, space-time curvature and time dilation. The work hopes to reveal the enormous scope of the beautiful and delicately balanced choreographies of the universe.
The Emerging Artist Prize has been awarded to Scott Luís Masson for Sea Soup, 2018 a mixed media piece using Indian ink with digital colour.
Scott Luís Masson is an illustrator who studied design at Falmouth College of Arts. His winning piece is presented as four panels, based on the research being conducted by Russell Arnott, PhD Research Programme in Civil Engineering at University of Bath. The research is exploring the effects of turbulence on the abilities of individual species of plankton to survive, replicating conditions using mesocosms. The artwork depicts their use of convection currents, created using heated water tanks to mimic various states of turbulence and to study the plankton’s abilities to survive in each.