Art Exhibition by Stephen Livingstone and Karen Johnson

Jan 9, 2024 | Art Exhibition, IAS News, Transformations (Issue 11)

Art Exhibition by Stephen Livingstone and Karen Johnson

Image courtesy of Stephen Livingstone

Professor Karen Johnson (IAS Co-Director, Science)

The IAS was host to artist Stephen Livingstone on Wednesday 22nd November 2023 to launch Stephen’s latest exhibition, Seabird Necropsy. The event was over-subscribed with many members of the public as well as academics joining us for a delightful evening with wine and conversation flowing. This event marks the start of a more arts focussed engagement strategy between Durham University and County Durham channelled through the IAS’s fantastic new exhibition space.

Seabird Necropsy showcases an ongoing collaboration between Stephen and local ornithologist Daniel Turner. The pair have worked on a number of joint projects, combining the visual arts with the natural sciences in exhibitions and talks designed to inform and to provoke discussion. For the past year Stephen has been observing Dan’s seabird dissections at Newcastle University’s Dove Marine Laboratory, responding in a series of paintings which aim to highlight the combined threats of ocean plastics and avian influenza on bird populations.

Daniel Turner is an amateur ornithologist who has studied the gulls of the Tyne River mouth for many years. In late 2002 he instigated the Northeast England Beached Bird Surveys (NEBBS) group which he continues to coordinate. NEBBS group members survey beaches to record and collect seabirds for study purposes in relation to pollution, particularly plastics. He performs laboratory work in Northeast England and in the Netherlands. Dan has also acted as a surveyor and recorder of the River Tyne nesting kittiwakes since 1994 and is acting secretary of the Tyne Kittiwake Partnership. He has written and published five books of poetry and prose.

Stephen Livingstone is an artist based in Northeast England. His work deals with human impact upon landscapes and habitats and often involves collaboration with experts and academics. He has worked with many museums and institutions including the British Library, the National Trust, the Museum of Art and Design in New York and Durham University, where he was a Leverhulme Artist in Residence in the Department of Engineering and Computer Science in 2016. He is currently working on a major exhibition for the university’s Oriental Museum documenting the 1924 Mount Everest Expedition.

The exhibition is still open, please email enquiries-ias@durham.ac.uk if you would like to visit. Please also watch this space for more art exhibitions at the IAS.

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