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Creative Reactions - Pint of Science

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Posted on behalf of Chloe Brimicombe and Nerea Ferrando, PhD students in the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science.

For all of those wishing to participate in Creative Reactions at the University of Reading, the deadline for submitting a Science-inspired creative work has been extended to the 31st of May. This can be a poem, a painting or a photograph expressing how climate change makes you feel.

However, due to the circumstances we are facing because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have decided that you can also submit a piece on this subject. You can focus on any aspect you want: from how it makes you feel and what it’s like to be in lockdown, to the solidarity that we are seeing all over the world, to the reduction in contamination levels; the possibilities are endless! We want to see creativity as an antiviral against COVID-19!

During the month of May, we have set up a Twitter Creative Reactions and we want you to upload your creative piece with the hashtag #CRReading20 about climate change and/or Covid-19. The images with the highest number of  “likes” in the 3 categories (poetry, painting or photography) by the end of May will be showcased on Twitter. Below are some examples to help kick start your inspiration.

Please contact Chloe Brimicombe or Nerea Ferrando if you are interested in exhibiting your work in Pint of Science in September with an image of your piece, a brief description of your work and the science behind it (200 words max), and its dimensions by the 31st of May. Small prizes will be awarded to the best art work!

Art is a powerful tool that can make scientific data more accessible on an emotional and human level. Creative Reactions aims to bring science and art together as part of the Pint of Science festival. This massive festival has taken part in over 400 cities across 24 countries and we want to make sure Reading is not left out!

If you are interested in participating, helping manage the event in September, or want more information, please contact Chloe or Nerea Ferrando.

Many thanks and we look forward to seeing your work!

 

Examples:

Sculptor Courtney Mattison on coral bleaching

Ministry of Culture and Information policy Ukraine