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Art + Science Reading Group | Botany + Barriers

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Art + Science Reading Group | Botany + Barriers

The Art + Science Reading Group is now a virtual gathering of thinkers, researchers and the incurably curious. Organised by PhD candidates Amelia McConville (School of English and Institute of Neuroscience) and Autumn Brown (Science Gallery Dublin and School of Education) supported by Science Gallery Dublin and the Trinity Long Room Hub, the series will explore the evolutionary and revolutionary kinship between two approaches to understanding the universe and our place within it.

Writers, scientists, and artists will be beaming in from all over the world to shed some extra light on our discussions and provide a personal perspective to some of the artwork shared. We’ll discuss a broad range of topics including bio-art, the aesthetics of mathematics, taking a non-human perspective, AI and gender, and a space probe’s mission to carry our stories into the cosmic wilderness. 

Join us for our inaugural event on 7 May at 18:30: Botany + Barriers. You can register here

We will be joined by speaker Mary Dillon, an Irish botanical artist whose work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in Florence, Germany, Vienna, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Francisco, Madrid, Frankfurt and London.

She was a key contributor to the Drawn From Nature: Irish Botanical Art exhibition in the National Gallery of Ireland (currently postponed). She is a fellow member of Society of Botanical Artists, UK and a member of the Watercolour Society of Ireland, and is a founding chairperson of the Irish Society of Botanical Art.

She teaches in Barcelona, Greece, the US, Ireland, and was on the teaching team of the Chelsea School of Botanical Art in London. Mary has a particular fascination with botanical art as a personal process for the artist while at the same time striving for excellence in her art practice.

Ahead of the session on 7 May, we recommend exploring the topic by reading the following:
Mary Dillion’s selected works
Better than a thousand words: Botanical artists blend science and aesthetics
A profile of Alice Tangerini, the Smithsonian’s first and only botanical illustrator

We’ll be kicking off on 7 May at 18.30. Hope to see you there

Campus Location: Online
Accessibility: N/A
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice, Digital Humanities, Identities in Transformation, Manuscript, Book and Print Culture
Event Type: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Library, Public, Science Gallery
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free but Registration Required
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