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For those teachers and parents currently teaching at home, we have a section on this website called Themes. We have grouped together artworks under different art themes or topics. To explore a theme, just click on the box next to it and a series of images will come up below. If you click on one of these images a larger image will pop up with the option at the bottom to click on 'More info...'. If you decide to click on more information you will be able to read about the selected artwork. We hope this tool may prove useful in the days to come. If you click on the title above it will take you directly to the Themes page.

Wed 25 Mar 2020, 14:03

New Display for the Social Sciences Building

We have just installed a new display on the ground floor of the Social Sciences building.

We are currently on a mission to empty the Picture Store of everything that is suitable to go out on display and curation is becoming increasingly difficult, as we try to make interesting groups from the remaining works.

Wed 18 Mar 2020, 09:33

A gift to the University Art Collection has arrived.

An exciting addition to the University of Warwick art collection has arrived on campus today. Award winning Producer and Director and Alumnus of the University, Lawrence Till, has kindly purchased a new sculpture for the University campus. Lawrence has been an enthusiastic advocate for the collection since his time spent studying here for a BA in English and Theatre Studies 1982 -1985. He has directed hundreds of plays, been the Artistic Director of two major regional theatres and produced and directed dramas seen all over the world, including the multi award-winning series Shameless.

The sculpture, made of corten steel, called Pollen Bomb was installed in the Chaplaincy garden this afternoon. Pollen Bomb is a geodesic sphere based on the magnification of a grain of pollen, it is by the sculptor Joanne Risley.

In a statement about the work Joanne explains

Pollen Bomb was the first of three large forms I have created which are derived from botany and biology but fabricated using multiple geometric shapes to create strange otherworldly objects reminiscent of munitions and spacecraft. My intention was to reflect some of the anxiety I feel about the times we live in and the uncertainty about the future. I am reminded of Pandora’s Box; the lid has been opened and chaos unleased. The unchecked rise and reach of social media means we live in a world where we must constantly question the sources of the information we receive and be alert to how social media can be manipulated to subvert democracy in a post truth age. My current work explores this state of increased suspicion and sense of the invisible enemy in our midst.

Pollen Bomb by Joanne Risley

Wed 20 Nov 2019, 15:15

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