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London | Sunday 17 February
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Elizabeth Price’s new Space Science artwork

Elizabeth Price, winner of the Turner prize 2012 is the first ever artist in residence with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) with space scientist Dr Hugh Mortimer supported by the Leverhulme Trust. Price is working with Dr Mortimer and exploring his research, the Rutherford Appleton Space archive, video footage and photographs and is producing a new work to exhibit in 2013 and 2014.

The Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist, under the age of 50, considered to have put on the best exhibition of the last 12 months.  Price was nominated for her exhibition HERE at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead curated by Alessandro Vincentelli in February 2012. The Turner Prize was awarded to Elizabeth Price in December 2012 at the Tate Britain.

Elizabeth Price is speaking at ‘Envisioning the Universe’ on 30th June 2013 (see blog) at the National Maritime Museum with Dr Hugh Mortimer, Marek Kukula,  Royal Observatory Public Astronomer, Jonathan Jones, art writer for the Guardian, and Elizabeth Kessler, author of ‘Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime’.

Her artwork has often recreated environments or drawn from historical archives and she is spending over a year at RAL exploring Space research. Her residency is focusing on solar imagery and an archive of photographs scientists have taken of the sun since 1900.

Writers, artists and filmmakers from H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke to Stanley Kubrick have been inspired by space and our place in the Universe. Many other Space research organisations have created artists’ residencies such as NASA’s space programme; which has included artists Laurie Anderson and Tomas Saraceno.

8th Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Conference, 6th December 2012

In December 2012 Elizabeth Price was the first ever artist to speak at the RAL Space Conference on 6th Dec with Invisible Dust Director Alice Sharp. HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York gave a formal address and other guest speakers included; Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of ESA, Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Robert Manning, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Chief Engineer, speaking about the Curiosity Mission.

Invisible Waves Schools programme

We have been producing a schools programme with Hounsdown Secondary School in Southampton to accompany Elizabeth Price’s residency at RAL. This has provided young people with an imaginative and stimulating way of engaging with Space Science and Climate Change.

The young people have learnt about Dr Mortimer’s research which has been instrumental in the deployment of the SISTeR (Scanning Infrared Sea Surface Temperature Radiometer) instrument, on the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship installed in 2010.  The SISTeR measurement is being used to validate measurements of sea surface temperature (vital to understanding Climate Change) from satellites such as the RAL designed infrared radiometer flown on the Envisat spacecraft.

Elizabeth Price’s residency at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is funded through a Leverhulme Trust ‘Artists in Residence’ grant.

Info on Space Conference

Info on Dr Mortimer’s earth observation

See video about Elizabeth Price’s BALTIC exhibition.

More info about Elizabeth Price’s work from MOTInternational.


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