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Artist-in-residence to be appointed in the School of Mathematics

Artwork from the 2019 exhibition Chloe Russell

Artwork from the 2019 exhibition Chloe Russell

25 March 2020

Jake Langham and Matthew Lee have been awarded an EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award to extend their Creative Reactions project.

The 2019 Creative Reactions project funded nine artists to work with nine different mathematicians: Rachel Bennett, Florian Bouyer, Mark Hagen, Silke Henkes, Andrew Hogg, Fatemeh Mohammadi, Shibabrat Naik, Lynne Walling and Karoline Wiesner. The artwork created was exhibited at North St Gallery and The Island, as well as the University’s Research Without Borders festival and was seen by over 1,500 visitors. The paintings will also be showcased in our new Fry Building.

The new £27.5k grant will fund an artist-in-residence, starting in September 2020, to work with academics across the department. Langham and Lee hope the resulting exhibition will provide further focus to the engagement undertaken during the residence.

Workshops in local schools and community groups are also planned.

Langham said: “Public engagement activities like this are a direct and effective way of sharing our research with the wider community. Working with artists is a great way to break down barriers to entry when communicating mathematics topics and can inspire researchers to come up with inventive ways of explaining ideas.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for members of our School to get involved in creative explorations of mathematics and promoting our subject more generally.”

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