What does the environment mean to you? 

Written by Dr. Christina Coakley (University Teacher, School of GeoSciences)

The end of Christmas marked my return to work after having my first child. I thought I would hit the ground running by getting involved with ILW and running an art exhibition as I did the previous year (Art in Crew! Words and Images Art Exhibition as part of Innovative Learning Week (ILW)). With the help of Gillian McCay (Assistant Curator of the Cockburn Museum) and many PhD students we managed to put on a great event, which (as all good events should) descended into musical chaos by the end!

Student prize winner Harold Wolstenholme’s image – A new perspective

The aim of this year’s event was to visually express what the environment means to our staff and students. Within the School of GeoSciences we have people working all over the world on a wide range of topics and in remote locations. We also have many different hobbies which use the environment around us, and therefore I thought this art exhibition would be a great insight into the people within our School. Staff and students were asked to submit a photograph or piece of art work for the event and I printed and framed these ready for ILW.

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Barrie talking to staff and students

On the Thursday of ILW we had a drinks reception, where Barrie Williams (Winner of the British Wildlife Photography Award- bwpawards) gave a short talk about how he sees the environment and the importance of showing it to people via the images he collects. Barrie was lovely and spent a considerable amount of time with our students discussing their work.

In the closing stages of the event I counted up the votes for the best student piece. We had approximately 40 pieces of work submitted for undergraduate, masters students, PhD students and staff. Over 50 votes were cast and there were a wide range of favourites, however a few came out on top.

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Student prize winners

First prize went to Harold Wolstenholme for his piece “A new perspective” (top image). Second prize went to Paula Nieto Quintano’s piece “hiking in Valgrande” and third prize went to Leo Peskett’s piece “Unfurling nature’s geometry” (Right hand side photograph is of Paula, me and Leo).



The event came to a close with the Crew Band playing hits such as Ring of Fire and the audience joining in on the chorus! It was a great event and I have to thank everyone who attended and helped out with the event.

The Crew Band

The art is still up in the Crew Building so feel free to swing by and see what the environment means to us!



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