School of GeoSciences

GeoSciences Art Collective

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'The Art Collective' is now called 'ASCUS: Art Science Collaborative'

Please see our new website for the most up to date information:

The Art Collective

The Art Collective is all about:

  • Supporting collaborations between scientific and artistic communities
  • Fostering creativity
  • Communicating knowledge in new and exciting ways
  • Exploring other dimensions of science
The Art Collective is an active group through which members (ideally from undergrad to professional) can further explore the potential of cross-disciplinary collaboration. The Collective is intended to be used as a platform for interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration and acts as a network to help facilitate this. Through the collective, members are encouraged to assist in organising interactions, talks, trips, exhibitions etc. for artists / scientists / philosophers etc. Through the Art collective, researchers can combine experience to explore new creative avenues.

Latest News / Upcoming Events

  • Little Sparta Field Trip - Sunday September 27th, 1.30-6pm
    Located in the Pentland hills, Little Sparta was the Scottish poet and artist Ian Hamilton Finlay's garden, home to many of his works of concrete poetry, sculpture, and landscape design. Join us on our field trip! See the link on the left for more details.

  • Enlightened Ideas (
    A network for collaboration and emerging ideas in Edinburgh                                                                                         Enlightened Ideas is a new online social network to encourage collaboration and emerging ideas in Edinburgh. You can create a profile, not unlike facebook, exchange and discuss ideas, and find like-minded collaborators from a broad range of backgrounds: Interdisciplinary and innovative groups are also encouraged to join the network to advertise their projects and events, add media and connect with the Enlightened Ideas community.

  • Sci Talks @ ECA - Starting September 2009
    We are planning to give a session of Sci Talks at ECA from research Scientists from a range of disciplines and research backgrounds. Each scientist will give a short presentation about their research with the aim of attracting interest and collaboration from artists. This event will hopefully be taking place in early December so please get in touch with me if you are a scientist and would be interested in this.
  • Art Collective Interdisciplinary Exhibition
     We are currently putting together an exhibition of work created through interdisciplinary collaboration.
    Please send images (research inspired or otherwise) to
  • Roberts Funding Success!
     We are pleased to announce that the Art Collective has been awarded a sum of money to go towards funding initiatives that conform to the Roberts fund criteria! If you have a project you would like to suggest then get in touch!


    • We are interested in initiating meaningful interactions between scientists and artists
    • We are working towards setting up an 'art of science' competition
    • We will be organising trips to exhibitions, galleries and art spaces
    • We are interested in having a rolling exhibition programme, in a wide diversity of spaces
    • We would like to make the King's Buildings campus a more enriching place to be and work

    If you would like to be added to our mailing list please send an email to, with "subscribe ascus" in the message body

    Remember that the art collective is an active and dynamic group driven by its members. We would love to hear from you with any suggestions so please get in touch!