My studio practice is is complemented by cross-disciplinary outreach, STEM education and public speaking activities. These include running specialist art/science education projects for children with the amazing SunSpaceArt team, and the design and delivery of innovative art/science lectures for young adults at Canterbury Christchurch University.
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I'm proud to be a team member of SunSpaceArt, a cross-disciplinary program bringing together scientists and artists working in youth education, funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
I have was delighted to contribute my practical tutoring skills in the Summer of Space events at the Science Museum, London in 2019. This was soon followed by the 'Shaping the Big Sun – Solar Features' project at Torriano Primary School, London.
In Summer 2020 I was commissioned to write 22 Biographies of great artists from the past and present. The artists featured are both inspired by, and are an inspiration to, contemporary science. These specialist resources, designed for parents and teachers, will be published online soon.
The SunSpaceArt team is led by Dr Helen Mason OBE, a solar scientist at the University of Cambridge. The project brings together scientists and visual artists to work in schools, helping children at upper primary (KS2) and lower secondary (KS3) levels appreciate how the Sun and space contribute to a better understanding of ‘Our Place in the Universe’.
The Selfie and the Self
It was a great joy to create a series of specialist lectures for the Inspiring Minds outreach program at Canterbury Christchurch University. My lecture, 'The Selfie and the Self: Who am I Online?' combined art history, contemporary art theory and practical group activities in order to explore current questions about self-representation on social media.
My work is a key component of the Inspiring Minds project, which aims to increase the number of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds taking up Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in higher education by 2020, and is funded by the Office for Students (OfS) for the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP).