Creative Destruction: volcanoes inspiring art and science
22 September 2017 – 6 April 2018

Curated by Emma Stibbon RA, Professor Steve Sparks FRS CBE and Professor Katharine Cashman FRS.

A series of artworks by Emma Stibbon RA are shown alongside spectacular volcanic rock and mineral samples on loan from the Natural History Museum, London, a rare copy of William Hamilton’s Campi Phlegraei (1776) held by Eton College and volcanic research by Professor Stephen Sparks FRS and Professor Katharine Cashman FRS, including films of volcanic eruptions and their impact designed to raise awareness in communities who live around volcanoes.










Pāhoehoe with Sign, 2016
Ink on paper with volcanic ash
126 x 182.5cm

With specialism and a separation between disciplines, art and science are often understood as distinct endeavours,
sitting at opposite ends of the intellectual spectrum. The artist concerned with the imagination, and the scientist
with fact.  This exhibition reflects an increasing interest in exploring conversation and opportunities for collaboration between
disciplines, and as an exemplar of crossing assumed boundaries presents the work of Emma Stibbon RA, Professor
Kathy Cashman FRS and Professor Steve Sparks FRS CBE, and their shared fascination with volcanoes, volcanic
landscapes, processes, and impact. The exhibition also looks at a beautiful expression of the historic relationship
between art and science, the Campi Phlegraei (1776) of Sir William Hamilton and Peter Fabris.

The Verey Gallery is open to the students and staff of Eton College as well as the wider community, including schools and the general public, and is included in the itinerary for the seasonal programme of Friday afternoon tours:


A Gesture of Friendship: the musical manuscripts of Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)

Tower Gallery
16 June – 6 October 2017

Malcolm Arnold was one of the most distinguished British composers of his generation, writing for the ballet, theatre, and film screen as well as the concert hall. He lived through the upheavals of the mid-twentieth century and survived his own share of personal tragedies, but transformed his experiences into music vibrant with emotion.  This exhibition aims to introduce his music through his manuscripts, set amongst film posters, programmes and photographs.  With Arnold’s alterations and annotations, jottings and scribblings, these manuscripts offer a closeness to his creative process inspiring to all visitors, whatever their musical experience.

If you would like to view the exhibition, please contact us at collections@etoncollege.org.uk or 01753 370590.

If you would like to view the exhibition, please contact
Charlotte Villiers
Exhibitions & Outreach Coordinator
01753 370603

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