I’m really looking forward to the Amy Johnson Festival this year, and especially these talks inspired by one of my Hero’s Leonardo DaVinci!

Paul Dennis



Da Vinci Engineered Artists’ Talks.

A series of talks by exhibiting artists in association with BAE Systems and University of Hull.


Heinrich & Palmer

in conversation with David Sowden, School of Engineering, University of Hull.

Thursday 7 July, 6pm -7 pm

Heinrich and Palmer’s stunning new artwork uses movement and light to create an installation that is intriguing, mesmerising and thoroughly interactive.  Working with the School of Engineering at the University of Hull, the artists explored and developed their new commission through discussions with engineers and practical work in specialist laboratories. In conversation with Senior Lecturer in Engineering, David Sowden, the artists, Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer, will describe the process of making the work and together they will examine some of the creative relationships between visual art and engineering.

Lara Goodband

Thursday 14 July, 6pm – 7pm

Join Da Vinci Engineered curator Lara on a fascinating tour of the exhibition, explaining her selection of the works on display and providing an insight into the artists’ relationship with engineering.

Ruth Levene

in conversation with Liz Sharp from Pennine Water Group, University of Sheffield

Thursday 21 July, 6pm – 7pm

Ruth Levene will discuss work from her Hidden Waters series with Liz Sharp, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Planning and Governance and a member of the Pennine Water Group at the University of Sheffield. By working with engineers Ruth has mapped the river networks and buried infrastructure to create a series of prints that explore Yorkshire’s natural and manmade water systems. This conversation will ask what it means to engineer something by questioning how the systems and infrastructure we weave our lives around help to shape our understanding of the world.

The work was made during a residency with Pennine Water Group and Faculty of Engineering at the University in Sheffield.

Nicola Dale

Thursday 28 July, 6pm – 7pm

Nicola revels in slow, human imprecision: the work on display in Da Vinci Engineered entitled Down is a pile of feathers cut from all the ordnance Survey Maps of Great Britain. In this talk she will explain her engagement with manual processes in reaction to our screen-mediated world and a fascination with paper engineering.

Clare Charnley

Thursday 4 August, 6pm – 7pm

Clare Charnley’s film to rock, on display in Da Vinci’s Engineered, is of a moving artwork she made with the help of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the then Humberside Polytechnic. Originally displayed in different forms in London at City Racing and then Whitechapel Gallery, the work involved large pieces of curved glass being rocked slowly with the aid of motors, pulleys and gears. Charnley has described this rocking motion as being linked ‘to the idea of change’ and will explain why in this illustrated talk which also puts the work into the context of more recent practice.

All artists talks are in the Exhibition Marquee, Zebedee’s Yard, Whitefriargate, Hull, HU1 2EX and are free admission, though booking is recommended at http://tinyurl.com/amyjohnsonfestival

See the main website for more details: AMY JOHNSON FESTIVAL


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