We at Quarrylab would like to thank our partners at BGS, and especially CEO John Ludden for making such a valuable contribution to the project in 2016, with representation at all the forum events and allowing access to the main site at Keyworth. Towards the end of the year artist Roy Pickering visited Keyworth as ‘Artist in Residence’, and will continue to do so in 2017.

We now have great pleasure in announcing that in July 2017 Quarrylab will be staging an exhibition 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.

There will also be an educational programme to accompany the exhibition –

“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 week by appointment only.

Please stay tuned for further information, or contact Roy via roypickering@quarrylab.org.

Quarrylab looks forward to a continuing fruitful partnership BGS through 2017 and beyond.