Art and Skies

When: 5th December 2015, 1.30pm to 5pm

Where: Manton Studio, Tate Britain, Millbank,  London SW1P 4RG

What: Art and Skies

A unique opportunity to explore how clouds and the skies have been explored and understood through other means than classically scientific methods.

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, the impact of clouds on astronomy, poetry and myth, the role of photography in exploring the skies, and Robert FitzRoy's pioneering efforts to decode the skies.

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.  The meeting will take place in the Manton Studio at Tate Britain. 

Art and Skies is part of the RMetS Saturday National Meetings roster of public events and is organised jointly with the WAM (Weather Arts and Music) Special Interest Group, the Royal Photographic Society and Tate Britain and its Aspire programme, 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 event is free, but subject to registrationplease click here to register.


Click here to download the programme and available abstracts