Air quality research inspires art at new exhibition

Issue date: 10 May 2018

An innovative new art and science exhibition in Bristol includes work inspired by air quality research carried out at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

Creative Reactions, an exhibition being staged as part of the science communication festival Pint of Science, shows work by local artists that have been inspired by local scientific researchers.

A team from the Air Quality Resource Management Centre at UWE Bristol has been working on the ClairCity project, an EU-funded project looking to raise awareness of air quality and carbon emissions, highlighting the health problems that are caused by air pollution in cities.

Professor Enda Hayes, Director of the Air Quality Resource Management Centre, has been working with local artist Laura Howarth to inspire two new pieces of art for the exhibition.

The work, inspired by close up photographs of the effect of diesel fumes on human lungs, uses a mixture of oil and wax mediums to provide abstract images for the exhibition.

Professor Hayes said: “Poor air quality is linked to over 300 deaths a year in Bristol, but many people in the city have no idea it is such a big problem. We are delighted to work in innovative ways, finding collaborations and engaging methods to get the message out so that people are more aware of air pollution, and more can be done to reduce pollution for all our sakes.”

Dr Catherine Gilmore, one of the organisers of the exhibition, said: “It has been fascinating to find out about the range of important research taking place in both universities here in Bristol, including projects like ClairCity with such local relevance. The exhibition is a chance for local people to find out more about what is happening at the cutting edge of science right here in the city.”

The exhibition will be on display from 11 May – 22 May, 2018, at Hamilton House, from 9am - 8.30pm on weekdays and 9am – 4.30pm on weekends.

ClairCity has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 689289.

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