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Claire English

Creative Exchange

Creative Exchange

Creative Exchange

The ESI leads interdisciplinary research into solutions to problems of environmental change; in so doing we aim to enhance people's lives by improving their relationships with the environment. The ESI Creative Exchange programme facilitates collaboration between University of Exeter researchers, community partners and creative practitioners who engage with issues of environment and sustainability in their work. The programme also aims to support Cornwall’s creative industries and stimulate opportunities for public engagement with ESI research.


The primary purpose of the Creative Exchange Programme is to generate a genuine intellectual and creative exchange between artists/creative practitioners and University of Exeter researchers.


Environment and Sustainability Institute
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Penryn
Cornwall
TR10 9FE

3D exhibitions

  • Creative Exchange

    Catalyst

    01 Apr 2021 – 01 Apr 2022

    The Creative Exchange programme has brought together artists and academics at for almost a decade. Offering a platform for creative conversations around ecology, environment and climate change, the programme has resulted in a diverse and fascinating series of collaborative exhibitions within the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), an interdisciplinary centre leading cutting edge research on the University’s Cornwall Campus. In 2020 - 21 the programme was halted due to the global pandemic. We used the opportunity to look back at past Creative Exchange projects and to create this virtual exhibition celebrating the rich diversity of the collaborations which the programme has fostered. Artists and creative practitioners who have participated in the programme were asked to reflect on how their practices have developed since their Creative Exchange collaborations and invited to exhibit their new work, sharing how they have engaged with the universe. The result is Catalyst, an exhibition showcasing the work of twelve artists and creative teams, which explores how the Creative Exchange has acted as a catalyst for change. This diverse collection of stories and artworks mirrors the range of research carried out at the ESI. Each work questions our interconnection and dependence on natural and social systems, including organisms on the Antarctic seabed by Roseberry and Slack, lesser spotted flower crab spiders under ultraviolet light by Tim Cockerill, mathematical models of the luminous envelope by Gabrielle Hoad and a 5-channel sound performance next to an ancient standing stone alongside a satellite dish by Sara Bowler. The exhibition also includes a film documenting climate crisis affecting Cornwall’s coast by Rame Peninsular Beach Care, a chance to download The Art and Energy Collectives’ AR app to create a moth for a mass installation at Cop 26 and the opportunity to listen to Bram Arnold Thomas’s layered remix of his ecological podcasts during the ‘lost summer’ of 2020.

    latest works

    • Claire English

      CREATIVE EXCHANGE: Virtual Creative Studio, 2021
    • Claire English

      CREATIVE EXCHANGE: Catalyst
    • Dark grey wall
    • Environment and Sustainability Institute Cafe
    • Environment and Sustainability Institute Cafe
    • Penryn Campus, Cornwall
      146.6 x 37.6 cm (h x w)
    • Tim Cockerill

      Flower Crab Spider Under Ultraviolet Light II, 2020
      Digital image: Nikon D800 DSLR Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8 with filtered ultraviolet light. ©Tim Cockerill 2021
    • Tim Cockerill

      Flower Crab Spider Under Ultraviolet Light I, 2020
      Digital image: Nikon D800 DSLR Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8 with filtered ultraviolet light. © Tim Cockerill
    • The Art and Energy Collective

      Digital Whisper, 2020
      123 x 103 cm (h x w)
      An Augmented Reality Moth ©The Art and Energy Collective
    • The Art and Energy Collective

      Cockington Court Moths, 2020
      163.2 x 122.4 cm (h x w)
      Recycled plastic milk bottles with black and UV marker lit with UV Lights ©The Art and Energy Collective
    • Sara Bowler

      Visitor touching the Dry Tree standing stone, during presentation of Thresholds (5 channel surround sound-work) as part of The Gathering, 2019
      60.5 x 90 cm (h x w)
      Documentary image by Artur Tixiliski ©Artur Tixiliski
    • Sara Bowler

      Thresholds, 2019
      21.1 x 38.2 cm (h x w)
      Still image & film ©Sara Bowler
    • Elizabeth Masterton

      The Goonhilly Standard (After the Utopian Quatrain) at Pilot event, 2015
      126 x 190 cm (h x w)
      Documentary image by Artur Tixiliski ©Artur Tixiliski
    • Elizabeth Masterton

      The Goonhilly Standard (After the Utopian Quatrain), 2015 -19
      190 x 126 cm (h x w)
      Textile & Mixed Media ©Elizabeth Masterton
    • Rosie Fierek

      WHEAL TALK (detail), 2020
      Ceramic mural commissioned by Gunnislake Community Matters. The work spans an area approx. 5m wide by 2.6m high. ©Rosie Fierek
    • Rosie Fierek

      WHEAL TALK (main image), 2020
      Ceramic mural commissioned by Gunnislake Community Matters. The work spans an area approx. 5m wide by 2.6m high. ©Rosie Fierek
    • Katrina Slack

      MELT PONDS , 2020
      60 x 60 x 4 cm (h x w x d)
      Textural painting ©Katrina Slack
    • Bridget Roseberry

      Tiny, fleshy, delicate and embryo-like creature, 2020
      40 x 30 cm (h x w)
      Oil paint and mediums on paper ©Bridget Roseberry
    • Bridget Roseberry

      A raindrop full of algae, 2020
      40 x 30 cm (h x w)
      Oil paint, natural pigment and mediums on paper ©Bridget Roseberry
    • Katrina Slack

      OCEAN FLOOR COCKTAIL
      96 x 107 x 12 cm (h x w x d)
      Sculptural Painting ©Katrina Slack