Ipswich Art Gallery Conference

Drawing on Life: Natural History Illustration

Illustration on paper of diptera

Illustration of diptera. Colchester and Ipswich Museums, Ipswich Borough Council Collections

Part of the Art Science Nature seminar series, led by British Art Network bursary awardees Colchester and Ipswich Museums

Colchester & Ipswich Museums invites members of the subject specialist networks British Art Network and NatSCA – along with other interested museum professionals, academics, researchers, artists and beyond – to attend this seminar series on the connections between Art, Science and Nature to take place between January – March 2020.

Many museums have artworks that depict the natural world, plant and animal life. The seminar will focus on different approaches to the research, display and interpretation of these collections.

There will be a chance to hear from contemporary botanical artists, curators and researchers, as well as to visit Art Forms in Nature, a new exhibition at Ipswich Art Gallery that brings together historical natural history illustration, photography and contemporary drawing.

Confirmed speakers

Gillian Barlow, Florilegium Society Archive Manager, Chelsea Physic Garden
The Chelsea Physic Garden Collection

Guy William Eves, Artist
An Insight into Creating Botanical Art

Kate Heard, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust
‘A Peculiar Art of Representing’: The Animals in Alexander Marshal’s Florilegium

Ian Beavis, Research Curator, The Amelia
Botanical Drawings as Biological Records: The Victorian Fungus Paintings of Richard Deakin

Tannis Davidson, Curator, Grant Museum of Zoology
Beyond Beauty: The Science behind Natural History Models

Hellen Pethers, Researcher Services Librarian, Natural History Museum and Ann Data, Library Staff Member, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
The Use of Wax Models as Teaching Aids in the Insect Gallery at the Natural History Museum, London in the early Twentieth Century

The series is funded by and forms part of the programme of the British Art Network, jointly led by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Ipswich Art Gallery

1 Upper High Street, Ipswich, IP1 3NE

Date & Time

24 January 2020 at 10.30–16.00

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