Art and Skies - Our Speakers

  • Prof John Thornes

    Professor John E Thornes is Emeritus Professor of Applied Meteorology at the University of Birmingham. He has written extensively on the relationships between artists, clouds and culture including the book 'John Constable's Skies'. He was awarded one of the New York Times Magazines innovations of the year for his work on dating Monet's London Series. He is currently working on the accuracy of the depicted weather in Constable's 'Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows' recently acquired for the nation and to be displayed at Tate Britain.
  • Penny Newell

    Penny Newell is a poet and PhD researcher based at King’s College London, where she is writing her thesis on the conceptual history of clouds. Her work has been published in Platform: Postgraduate Journal of Theatre Arts (Royal Holloway), Excursions (University of Sussex) and Performance Research (Routledge/Taylor and Francis). She has co-produced a BBC York Radio Programme on Clouds, and has spoken at various academic and public events.
  • Peter Moore

    Peter Moore is a writer and journalist. His latest book, The Weather Experiment: the pioneers who sought to see the future tells the story of the meteorological enlightenment of the 19th century and the life of the founder of the Met Office Robert FitzRoy. The Weather Experiment was a BBC Radio4 Book of the Week, an editors’ pick in The New York Times and a Sunday Times Bestseller. He teaches in the creative writing department at City University London and writes about history, environment and culture for The Guardian.
  • Dr Richard Hamblyn

    Dr Richard Hamblyn is a lecturer in the department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of The Invention of Clouds, which won the 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; The Cloud Book (2008), Extraordinary Clouds (2009), and Extraordinary Weather (2012), all published in association with the Met Office. He is currently completing a volume on clouds in nature and culture for Reaktion's 'Earth' series.
  • Mark Edwards

    Mark Edwards (born 1965) studied his MA in photography at De Montfort University, Leicester graduating in 1997. He lives and works in Norwich and is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Art and Humanities at University Campus Suffolk. Edwards works with a large format camera to make detailed photographs with a long exposure of the landscapes that surround his home in East Anglia. Influenced by historical and contemporary landscape photography, writing and painting, Edwards focuses on the simple beauty of both natural and man made things, making work that is at once personal and universal. Edwards’ work is represented in major public and private collections including: V & A, Government Art Collection, The Hyman Collection, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, East Contemporary Art He has been awarded numerous Arts Council England Awards and in 2002 received an award from Commissions East. In 2007 he was one of 150 artists, architects and designers commissioned to make a word for the V&A’s 150th Anniversary album.
  • Peter Hall

    Peter Hall is curator at The Lightbox Gallery & Museum in Woking, Surrey. Peter studied History of Art at Manchester University. He returned home to discover an art gallery was opening in his home town and he got involved. Peter has been at The Lightbox since opening in 2007 and has been in his current post for three years. His main activity is to plan and deliver a varied programme of arts and heritage exhibitions, curating or co-curating exhibitions that will draw national or substantial regional interest. In recent years, The Lightbox has mounted exhibitions on Damien Hirst, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Elizabeth Frink whilst also undertaking thematic exhibitions on the Horse at War, Digital Art and International Pop Art.