Elizabeth Price, winner of the Turner prize is the first ever artist in residence with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) with scientist Dr Hugh Mortimer supported by the Leverhulme Trust. Price is working with Dr Mortimer and exploring his research, the archive, video footage and photographs and will be producing a new work in 2013.
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 has been nominated for her exhibition HERE at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead curated by Alessandro Vincentelli in February 2012.
8th Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Conference, 6th December 2012
Elizabeth Price will be speaking at the RAL Conference on 6th Dec with Invisible Dust Director Alice Sharp. HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York will give a formal address and other guest speakers include; 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.
Her artwork has often recreated environments or drawn from historical archives and she is spending over 8 months in the laboratory exploring Space research. Most recently this has included a focus on black body sources, EISCAT (Northern Scandinavian study of the interaction between the Sun and the Earth) and solar imagery.
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.
Queen Mary 2 Schools programme
We are planning a schools programme in 2013 to accompany Elizabeth Price’s residency at RAL. This will provide young people with an imaginative and stimulating way of engaging with Space Science and Climate Change.
The young people will learn 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.