19th mayo 2010
Budding artists showcase their talent
Works of art created by staff and students across the University of Sheffield are to be displayed at the Physics and Astronomy Art Group´s fourth annual exhibition being held this week (19-21 May 2010).
A collection of oil paintings and watercolours, pencil sketches, photographs, weavings and crafts by University staff and students will be showcased at the exhibition in the University´s Hicks Building, next to the Union of Students, between 10am and 4pm.
The Physics and Astronomy Art Group was set up by technician Richard Webb to promote and encourage all forms of arts and crafts as social activities within the Department and beyond. It has grown dramatically and is now open to all, exhibiting the work of undergraduate and postgraduate students, research, technical, clerical and academic staff, regardless of ability.
Admission to the exhibition is free, although voluntary contributions are invited to support the Sheffield Children's Hospital, which last year received £160 thanks to donations from visitors at the event.
The exhibition is linked to the 2010 Arts-Science Encounters programme running from March until June 2010. The Encounters provide arts and science researchers at the top of their profession, as well as performers and artists, the chance to share their knowledge on a whole host of topics ranging from theatre, dance and poetry to anthropology, psychology and mathematics, with the aim of demonstrating the constant overlap between the disciplines of art and science
Catherine Annabel, Administrator for the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield, said: "Each year we are amazed and delighted by the sheer variety and quality of the work on show, and we hope this year will be the best yet. It´s fascinating to get this glimpse into the creative lives of people we know in other spheres. The Department is very proud to host the event and to have initiated a project that has encouraged many people to explore their own creativity, something that has enabled connections and networks across the institution and has challenged stereotyped views of scientists."