Calling all artists

We’re happy to announce an exciting opportunity to coincide with our  new exhibition – Settlers, opening at the Museum of Natural History in February 2018.

Settlers is the upcoming exhibition in our Contemporary Science and Society series. The latest of the series, Brain Diaries: Modern Neuroscience in Action is currently running until 1 January 2018.

The history of the people of Britain is one of movement, migration and settlement. Tracing patterns revealed by genetics, archaeology and demography, Settlers: Genetics, Geography and the peopling of Britain will tell the dynamic story of Britain’s ever-changing population.

DNA image for call out blog post

Planning for Settlers is going well and we’re happily getting to grips with the science and archaeology, but we’d also love to have some artistic input. Can you help us?

The Museum would like to commission up to two pieces of contemporary art that explore themes such as genetics, DNA, migration, settlement and ancestry.

We’re particularly interested in work that will provoke thought and discussion and engages with 18-25 year olds, and we welcome all media, including digital and installation art.

The artwork could be displayed in the gallery itself, in the main court or even on the museum lawn.

centre-court
The Museum’s centre court

If you like the sound of adding some artistic flair to Settlers, you can find out more here:.  Don’t delay, though; the deadline for applications is Friday 1 September 2017.

Visions of Nature

As part of our Visions of Nature year in 2016, we invited you to send in your own ‘visions of nature’. We didn’t know what to expect, but week after week we received pictures of beautiful paintings, drawings, photographs, and textile art, all inspired by the natural world or by the Museum and its collections.

All of these artworks can now be found in the online gallery, but we’ve picked out a few here to show you and to mark the end of the project. Thanks very much to everyone who took part.

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Emma Reynard

Jake Spicer - Main court Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Jake Spicer – Main court Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Jane Tomlinson - Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Jane Tomlinson – Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Deidre Bean - Cicada
Deidre Bean – Cicada

 

Mark Wright - Raven
Mark Wright – Raven