Save the day

Wed 6 Sep • 12:00 – 17:00

University of Brighton • Falmer Campus
University of Brighton

Organised by:
  • University of Brighton
  • Suitable for: 16+

    Interdisciplinary artist Charlie Hooker will be recording the British Science Festival in a unique way. Each day, as the sun tracks across the sky, its arc will be traced using a giant sunshine recorder, creating a unique artwork.

    This installation will be in place Tuesday to Friday during the Festival, producing one picture each day. If you would like to enter a competition to collaborate with the artist to create your own Festival Heliograph please enter the competition below.

    Save the day competition – closes midnight Thursday 10 August 2017
    Remember your visit to the Festival with a unique picture marking the time and place on the day of your Festival visit, recorded using a giant sunshine recorder. Four lucky people will be selected to produce a unique collaborative artwork.

    To enter, you will need to select a pair of photographs, diagrams, texts, equations or objects that you feel represent two disciplines within the arts and sciences. These two items should be accompanied by a brief outline of why you feel they are significant and how you think they might be set out in the final design.

    Good quality jpegs, pdfs or Word docs can be emailed to

    Previous collaborations have involved things like: a photograph of a significant place or person; sheet music; poems; hand-written equations; flowers or leaves; diagrams of stars and constellations; iconic phrases and objects. The choice is yours!

    The final artwork will be set out by Charlie Hooker to comprise blue and white sun-shadow cyanotype images, converted from the material you send in, overlaid by a scorched gilded sun arc, recorded at the Festival site. The material you send in should be no larger than A4.

    This is a collaborative Art/Science project. You can begin the design of your artwork on your own or work with others.

    There will be four winners, one unique artwork made each day. If you have a preference for a particular day, please mention it in your entry.

    The completed artwork is delivered to you within four weeks or, if you would like a day out in the country, you can visit Charlie Hooker in his studio and pick up your picture yourselves.

    Event booking has closed for 2017. We hope you enjoyed the Festival. Join us next year!

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