Calling all artists interested in the geosciences! For the third year in a row, the European Geosciences Union (EGU) will be providing artist in residence opportunities at its annual General Assembly.
Our residency programme provides artists with an opportunity to engage with scientific research in a dynamic setting and be inspired by new scientific discoveries. Researchers, on the other hand, can discover new and creative ways of making their work more accessible to the public through interacting with EGU artists in residence. Since 2018, we have hosted artists that produce diverse forms of art, from poetry and cartoons to illustrations and sculptures.
The EGU 2020 General Assembly will take place at the Austria Center Vienna in Vienna, Austria, from 3–8 May 2020. The residency would take place at the conference centre and last for the full week. The programme is most attractive for scientist-artists, especially those already familiar with, and interested in, the EGU General Assembly. The EGU provides a stipend of €1200 to cover accommodation and contribute towards travel expenses, as well as a free registration to the meeting.
Examples of the work produced by the EGU artists in residence in 2018 and 2019 are available on the EGU blog. However, we are open to a wide range of art forms that enhance the science discussed at the meeting and promote dialogue and collaboration between artists and scientists.
Matthew Partridge: “I spend a lot of time communicating science via a computer screen. Through cartoons, drawings and art I have spent almost 6 years communicating science and research to people, the vast majority I have never met. Being the resident artist at the EGU General Assembly in 2018 gave me an amazing opportunity to not only meet the people who’s science I was helping to communicate but engage directly with the audience. I got to talk to scientists about what is important to communicate as well as talk to people that had seen the drawings and wanted to know more. It was one of the best experience I’ve had as a cartoonist and I would say to any artist to go try it, meet a bunch of wonderful people and let them help you make amazing art.”
Sam Illingworth: “Being the poet-in-residence for the 2018 EGU General Assembly was an incredibly unique opportunity that enabled me to engage with a diverse audience of scientists and think about how their research, and my own might better be communicated through poetry. The whole experience has had a lasting impact on my work and practice, and I heartily recommend this post to any artist that is interested in finding out more about what geoscientists do, how they work, and how art might play a role in the development and communication of research.”
You can also catch the highlights from the 2019 General Assembly artists in residence in the video below.
The EGU General Assembly 2020 will take place from 3 to 8 May 2020 in Vienna, Austria. For more information on the General Assembly, see the EGU 2020 website and follow us on Twitter (#EGU20 is the official conference hashtag) and Facebook.