Snow Shift: Reimagining Snow Data Artist/Designer Workshop

We present ‘Snow Shift: Reimagining Snow Data’, a creative look at the ‘science’ of snow.

Join us for a different kind of ‘snow day’, one where you will spend time immersed in snow science with a visual artist and experts in the field. What does research into snow look like? What are the tools used? In what parts of the world is the research carried out? We are offering a day of art-science activities based on the modelling and data collection research carried out by scientists. Explore how snow is being measured, recorded and understood by expert researchers from Edinburgh University.

The day will include demos and hands-on creative activities to facilitate discussion around current understanding of snow science between artists, and local researchers exploring work in this field. The event will be led by snow science researchers Prof Richard Essery and Dr Cecile Menard and artist/curator Natalie Mcilroy. Natalie will enable and support imaginative thinking around creative approaches and new perspectives to working with scientific data, including reflection and making time to create your own artistic and cultural perceptions of snow.

Applications are encouraged from artists interested in exploring the challenge of producing a creative response to current scientific research. This is a participatory workshop where attendees will be invited to share their practice and process with scientists and to think outside the box in terms of how they can respond to the different ideas brought to the table on the day.

Full details

Date/time of Event:
10:00am – 5:00pm 7th September 2019
Participation fee:
Participation in this event is free, with lunch included and we are able to offer reimbursement or a contribution towards travel expenses.
How to Apply:
Please Apply Here via Eventbrite where you will be asked the following questions

  • Why you are interested in attending and the relevance to your practice including one link to at least one relevant piece of work which demonstrates your creative practice/field of work, online or digital (no greater than 2MB in size)
  • What you will gain from this opportunity
  • Your anticipated travel expenses to participate
    (We have a limited travel budget therefore for applicants outside Scotland please note that it is unlikely that we will be able to cover full travel costs)

We are looking for applications from creative practitioners with a genuine interest in the topics being explored and discussed. Priority will be given to individuals who can demonstrate that this opportunity will be of benefit to them in the context of their creative practice.

Places available:
12 places
ASCUS Lab, Summerhall
Expressions of interest are welcomed from creative practitioners working in any creative discipline. This opportunity is open to individuals at any stage of their career
12pm, Monday 26th August

Artist and Scientist Facilitators

Prof Richard Essery is Professor of Cryosphere – Atmosphere Interactions in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh and has previously worked at the Met Office, the Centre for Glaciology at the University of Aberystwyth and the Canadian National Hydrology Research centre in Saskatoon. He has combined snow modelling with Arctic and Alpine fieldwork in Alaska, Canada, Finland, France, Switzerland and Sweden.

Dr Cecile Menard is a Research Associate at the University of Edinburgh. After managing a cafe, a pub and a shop in London and Brighton, she returned to education as a mature student, first with a BSc in Geography and Environmental Science followed by a PhD on snow-shrub interactions in tundra environments. Her current work focuses on errors and uncertainties in snow modelling – and arguably in snow modellers.

Natalie Mcilroy  is an artist/curator living in The Hague, Netherlands. Her practice is research orientated and interdisciplinary. With a degree from the Environmental Art course at Glasgow School of Art and a Masters in Fine Art from Chelsea Collage of Art & Design in London, Natalie has worked as artist in residence internationally. Her interest in art/science collaborations has led her to work with organisations such as Artists-in-Labs in Switzerland and Arts Catalyst in London.

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