Art and Skies

05 December 2015

13:30 - 17:00

Tate Britain

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This meeting proposes an opportunity to explore how weather phenomena and in particular clouds and the skies have been explored and understood through other means than classically scientific methods. In particular the meeting will be focussing on how artists and photographers have explored and portrayed the skies over time and contributed to the scientific understanding of meteorological phenomena in their time. 
The programme will include talks on John Constable's cloud observations and his use of weather imagery in some of his most iconic paintings, Luke Howard's cloud classification studies, the role of photography in cloud studies and modern attempts to classify new cloud types.
In 2013 Tate Britain acquired John Constable's "Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows" for the nation, and their Aspire project has been studying the painting, including its skies. Speakers will include representatives of the project, who will present their research on this most iconic of British images. 
This is a unique event, bringing together speakers from three very distinct communities to explore our experience and understanding of clouds, in the inspiring surroundings of Tate Britain.

In collaboration with Aspire, a partnership programme enabling audiences of all ages to enjoy and learn more about the work of John Constable by touring Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831 across the UK. Aspire is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund.

This meeting is free to attend to members and non-members alike. There are a limited number of tickets available on a first-come first-served basis. 

To book place please visit the Royal Meteorological Society's website here.

This is a joint meeting with the Royal Meteorological Society's WAM (Weather Arts and Music) special interest group, Tate Britain and The Royal Photographic Society. The meeting will take place in the Manton Studio at Tate Britain.

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Region: Bristol (HQ), London