Artists sought for geology exhibition

Fabric of the Land artist in residence Hilary Duncan shows off some of the work linking geology and science.
Fabric of the Land artist in residence Hilary Duncan shows off some of the work linking geology and science.

Entries are being invited for a North-east exhibition providing artists with the opportunity to showcase their creativity and vision in linking geology and science.

The Fabric of the Land has established itself as one of the most exciting events in the UK national arts calendar since it was first launched in 2008.

Organised by the University of Aberdeen’s geology and petroleum geology department, the event has seen a growing number of professional and amateur artists – including, painters, sculptors and photographers – submit work for consideration in the exhibition, which features around 70 geology-inspired creative pieces of art.

The event, sponsored by Senergy, attracted a record number of entries last year with more than 200 creative works exhibited – nearly double the figure of 2010.

This year’s theme is focused on ‘footprints that nature leaves on the landscape’. The artwork to feature in the exhibition will be chosen by a selection panel made up of artists and business people.

Entry forms must be received by July 2. The exhibition opens to the public on August 25 and will run until September 16 with the University’s geology department set to be transformed once again into a contemporary gallery which hosted more than 700 visitors last year.

Professor Andrew Hurst, from the University’s School of Geoscience said: “It is with much anticipation that we wait to see what exciting pieces of art are submitted for our consideration.

“I am always amazed at not just the quality but the vision and care that goes into aligning geology with science in an artistic form.” Senergy’s Global Subsurface business leader Henry Allen, who is one of the judges, said: “Geology is at the core of the energy industry and we boast a wealth of talent in this incredibly complex field.

“Being able to create thought provoking and diverse works of art which mirror the influence of geology on the landscape is incredible.”

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