Cosmic canvases

15 October 2018

Students taking a break from their undergraduate laboratory experiments will notice two new canvases displayed in the foyer of the Physics Teaching Labs. These colourful canvases are inspired by the themes of space and cosmic rays, and were created in 2017 by students at Ysgol Gynradd Rhoscolin (Rhoscolin Primary School) on Anglesey, Wales working with artist Catrin Williams. Dr Karen Aplin, Head of Physics Teaching Labs 2009-2018, was a co-investigator and scientific advisor to the project. Karen maintains a cosmic ray and meteorological station at Snowdon Summit and it is this research that stimulated the children’s ideas for the pieces. Karen has recently moved to a new position at the University of Bristol and donated the art pieces to the Department.

The art project was funded by a major Royal Astronomical Society 200th anniversary (RAS200) outreach grant, Astronomy and Geophysics through the Traditional Culture of Wales, which aims to bring science to the heart of the Welsh language and cultural celebration, the Eisteddfodau. Larger canvases were on display at the performers’ preparation area for the Eisteddfod in Anglesey in 2017, exposing a new audience to the physical sciences.

Caption: One of the canvases on display at the Eisteddfod in Anglesey in 2017