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QUARRYLAB in partnership with BGS have great pleasure in announcing that in July 2017 we will be staging an exhibition of artworks to coincide with the BGS annual open day. The exhibition will showcase work by Quarrylab artists alongside items and artefacts from the BGS archives and repository. Entitled “Impossible Views”, the show will draw parallels between art and science, and explore how research and experimentation in both fields can be mutually beneficial, specifically highlighting aspects of the natural world and the nature of creativity that cannot easily be seen.

The exhibition will include paintings drawings, photography, video, audio and mixed media work by artists Sardul Gill, Beverley Bennett, Paul Harraway, Matthew Chesney, Mark Rawlinson and Roy Pickering.

The exhibition will also look at ways in which the “STEM” education and research initiative can be extended to include art.
“STEM education (science, technology, engineering and maths) is based on skills generally using the left half of the brain and thus is logic driven. Much research and data shows that activities like arts, which use the right side of the brain, supports and fosters creativity, which is essential to innovation. Projects like Quarrylab will help the British Geological Survey (BGS) explore aspects of STEAM education (STEM + Arts) which adds a creativity element that is essential for science research innovation. The BGS is very much in favour of linking art, engineering and science with the economy and well-being”.
John Stevenson BGS Public Engagement and Web Editor.

Impossible Views” will be installed at Keyworth ready for the open day on July 1st and will be open to the public and educational establishments during the following weeks by appointment only until 13th August.


Roy Pickering