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BGS to bring science to life with art project

Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth tourist attraction will play host to a one day exhibition developed by the British Geological Survey (BGS) on Sunday 11 November that aims to bring science to life through art and storytelling.

The Science through storytelling: The art of geology exhibition will bring together a

diverse collection of art produced by BGS scientists who have used their creativity to share their knowledge and scientific experiences with a wider audience.

BGS volcanologist Anna Hicks who came up with the concept hopes the eclectic range of exhibits will let visitors see geology in a new light. Each work of art has been created by a member of the team at BGS and they will be present at the exhibition to talk to visitors about their inspiration.

“Our exhibition is a chance to see science through a completely different lens. Visitors will be able to engage with the scientists on a personal level and discuss their artistic creations,” said Hicks.

Art featured in the exhibition will include: “waterways” on how we interact with rivers and their surroundings; music created from seismic waves of earthquakes; a geology map of Northern Ireland created from tweed and other textiles; fossil bowls inspired by ancient sea beds, and much more.

Hicks’s own “Living with Volcanoes” exhibit is a series of oral history films featuring people who have survived eruptions and continue to live alongside the risk posed by active volcanoes. She has spent much of her working life travelling around areas of the world with active volcanoes, engaging with local communities to understand why and how people live with volcanic risk, and developing ways that scientists can combine their knowledge with local knowledge to help reduce that risk.

BGS hopes their new exhibition will present science in a fresh light by engaging with visitors in a way they might not expect through art and storytelling.

The free exhibition at the Edinburgh venue is open from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 11 November.

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