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Exeter–based artist Naomi Hart has recently developed a series of thought-provoking paintings entitled ice report. This
exhibition of paintings responds to a year-long Leverhulme residency the artist
spent working with ice scientists from Sheffield University, and most
particularly her expedition with them to Svalbard. The work investigates the often opposing, man-made interventions present in
the ice fields of the High Arctic.
With support from the University of Exeter Arts and Culture department, Naomi displayed her ice report exhibition during the recent conference Explore South West, organised by the Royal Geographical Society and held at the University of Exeter – an event open to anyone who is interested in exploring, but particularly useful to scientists and researchers to get practical information about how to plan expeditions, how to stay safe and how to communicate their research.
Conference delegates had an opportunity to see Naomi’s work and talk to her about her experiences of being an artist who collaborates with researchers and explorers.
Naomi said, “I have often worked with researchers on collaborative projects in far-flung parts of the world, and Explore was a great place to meet like-minded people. Many researchers are keen to use art with their research, but often don't know how to find artists or what the possibilities for collaboration might be. Explore was a friendly, open, non-hierarchical event which allowed me to meet researchers and talk about shared passions.”