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The following photographs were taken at the Techiquest International Womens Day evening ceremony when we announced the winning entrants in the “She Inspired” competition. The photographs show the Clockwork Express artists with the winning schoolchildren and their teachers.

We also held workshops for local children who were visiting Techiquest, where we encouraged them to look at science more creatively, by using art and the use of comics based upon scientific subjecta and scientists, as we had ourselves done previously with Clockwork Express.  I assisted the children to use the laptop to produce graphic illustrations which I then emailed to them. I feel the children gained a lot through the application of art to the world of science, and they certainly seemed to enjoy taking part in both the competition and the workshops, and I found personal satisfaction in being able to inspire the next generation through my work.

Myself and some of the children and a parent at one of the workshops:

The competition entries displayed on the walls at Techniquest, alongside pages from Clockwork Express:

Further photographs of this event and the work of the children can be seen here in the gallery:



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Climate change is one of the greatest social, economic and political issues that the world faces in the 21st Century and as we have been given a brief on Climate Change this term I recently attended a exhibition which provided a platform for 35 artists to present their work based on this topic. The exhibited work was selected from an open submission from artists across the UK.  The exhibits were diverse and included photography, video, painting, graphic work, installation pieces and sculpture. All were very interesting and thought-provoking. Of all the exhibits the piece which most grabbed my attention was a piece entitled “Butterflies”, created by Julie Dodd.

This consisted of more than 1000  butterflies, cut from transparent paper, devoid of pattern or colour, pinned to the white painted wall, which gave them a ghost-like, surreal, almost invisible appearance. Despite the invisbility of the butterflies, this actually gave the piece greater impact when considering the overall climate change topic.  I interpreted this as butterflies being often taken for granted in nature because they are always there, but only become noticed when they are invisible. I didn’t notice the butterflies on first entering the gallery as their transparent appearance made them invisible, in contrast to the more vibrant and colourful pieces present, but when I did notice them, the impact of this piece of work was striking and evoked feelings of sadness and regret.  

The artist had written the following statement to accompany her work:

“Butterflies are an early indicator of climate change as they are sensitive to the slightest alteration in temperature …. the butterflies in this collection have lost their true size, colour and pattern as they are in danger of being lost forever, becoming a distant memory”

The transparent butterflies as displayed on the white wall.

"Butterflies" as presented in the gallery.

I feel that the artist has effectively communicated a meaningful  message relating to the ethical issues surrounding climate change through the development of this moving and emotive piece of work.

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