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Lapworth Lates

Lapworth Museum of Geology - Earth Sciences Building (R4 on campus map)
Arts and Science Festival, Life and Environmental Sciences
Thursday 13th February 2020 (19:00-22:00)
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Aerona Moore, Learning and Engagement Officer


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Join us after hours for a jam-packed evening dedicated to the complex world of ‘Relationships’. We will be welcoming a host of artists, guest museums and researchers from across the University of Birmingham who will shed light on this topic in new and intriguing ways. 

This event is free of charge but booking is essential. Tickets are available here

  • 8pm Performance: Beauty can come from Ashes

Frictions are catalyst that allows for remoulding out of the miry clay! So out of that which we may call dead is rebirthing something new. A performance by Lola Adodo, New Dance Scopes

  • 9pm Performance: Love Life of the Slug

Through photography, animation, light and sound, artist Emily Scaife's live audio-visual performance explores the unusual mating behaviours of Nudibranchs (sea slugs).This intimate performance piece places the slugs in an abstract world bursting with colour. A performance by Emily Scaife in partnership with Flatpack Film Festival.  

  • The Lapworth Museum

Explore predator and prey relationships using some unique and fascinating objects from the Museum Stores.

  • Romance Novel Valentine’s Cards: A Critical-Crafting Activity

Give the gift of genre fiction this Valentine’s Day and create a card for your loved one(s) inspired by romance novels! You’ll choose a blank greetings card and a page from a romance novel then, through cut-and-stick, use those words to create your own message.

  • The Pen Museum

Birmingham used to be the pen making capital of the World – take some time out from texting and try writing with quills and dip pens from Birmingham’s historic Pen Museum.

  • Have a Go Calligraphy

Try your hand at Gothic script with Jane Lappage, owner of Calligraphy Arts. She will be on hand for you to create a unique book mark using a classic chisel nib. 

  • Stitched Relationships

Explore your relationship with the world and journeys taken through stitch. Using a variety of unusual materials reflect upon your connections with nature whilst creating a stunning piece of artwork.

  • Textcavation

Grab a trowel and get excavating the connections between texts! Your favourite authors might have had some surprising influences. What connections can you unearth?

  • Myths about the brain debunked

The brain is the most complex system we have seen in the known universe. From complexity we get speculation, debate and eventually falsehoods and myths; WaterCooler Neuroscience aims to dispel those myths and at our stall, you can try your hand at some myth-busting yourself.

  • Shadow Drawing

Your shadow follows you around every day, wondering when you will take the time to notice. Join artist Tracey Meek in a light proof space filled with torches, lamps and shadow making props to draw out the shadows.

  • The relationship between eyewitness memory accuracy and confidence.

Evidence provided by an eyewitness of a crime is a key source of information for police officers and the legal system. But eyewitnesses can make memory errors. What information can be used to determine eyewitness accuracy? Visit researchers from the Applied Memory Lab to learn about the intriguing relationship between eyewitness memory accuracy and eyewitness confidence.

  • People, Plastics and the planet

Explore how microplastics can get into the environment, its effects, and ways we can solve this problem. Use a range of techniques to answer these questions including; water fleas, dyes, microscopes, settling tanks and monitors!  

  • Krakatau, 1883 to 2020

Explore our relationship with volcanic hazards. Discuss different perspectives on Krakatau through examining rock samples, historical images and more recent geological observations. What is happening at Krakatau today?

  • The Business of Bees

Bee’s populations worldwide are declining. Wild bee’s species are in danger of extinction. But why? And what would a world without bees and pollinators look like? We will explore a world without bees and we will look into threats that bees are currently facing.

  • Research where sulfate and sex steroids meet: hormone regulation at its best

Steroid hormones exert powerful biological effects. One way of regulating them is to attach reversibly a sulfate group to the steroid molecule. A major producer of male sulfated steroids is the adrenal gland. Find out how defects in the sulfation pathway may lead to androgen excess disorders or certain types of cancers.

  • Down to Earth

Process soil samples into ink. Impermanent and unstable, eco-inks embody our shifting relationship to the earth and how we use it.  Use the eco-inks to add your ideas to an ‘endless landscape’ of rearrangeable scenes.

Drinks and light nibbles will be available on the night.

This event is free of charge but booking is essential. Tickets are available here

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