Night Walk Exhibition Launch

Hannah (centre) and Thomas (fourth from right) with the St Just residents, whose work is now being exhibited at the Environment and Sustainability Institute.

Exhibition reveals night-time photography

An exhibition of images made during full moon night walks in the summer by local residents is now on display at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI).

The photographic work by residents of St Just, West Cornwall, was taken during night-time walks in August when visual artist Hannah Guy and ESI research scientist Dr Thomas Davies encouraged volunteers to get involved with their light pollution research project.

Participants learnt basic night photography techniques in order to capture their experience of the environment with and without artificial streetlights. The exhibition aims to represent this re-engagement with the naturally-lit night-time environment.

Thomas said: “This piece represents a collaborative piece of art by the Cornish public which helps to illustrate how artificial lighting affects our experience of the night through an interesting and engaging medium. Taking local residents out on night-time photography walks allowed us to get a unique range of perspectives on the issue.”

The Night Walks Exhibition is in the ESI until Thursday 21 November (free entry, 09:00 -17:00, Monday to Friday).   The exhibition is part of the ESI-RANE Creative Exchange Programme, which encourages collaboration between local artists and researchers within the ESI. The exhibition was also supported by the Catalyst Seed Fund for public engagement.

The Creative Exchange Programme is a joint initiative between the ESI and Falmouth University’s Research in Art, Nature and the Environment (RANE) research group.

The ESI is working with businesses and enterprises across all sectors of the economy in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and beyond to translate research and expertise into innovative business practices, products and services in order to respond to the challenges of environmental change. It has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme (£22.9M) and the South West Regional Development Agency (£6.6M), with significant support from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Date: 8 November 2013

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