Adam White: Palaeontology is a Dangerous Beast

Palaeontology is a Dangerous Beast

Adam White

Saturday 27 May - Sunday 25 June | Admission Free

An Exploration of All Things Geological through an Artist's Fossil Myopia

Adam White interrogates geology through a series of giant experimental watercolours and votive objects that address the vital human concerns of our origins, hidden mythologies of the present day, how and why we think, the mystery of life and death, and the wilful blurring of belief and science.

Exhibits include ‘Petrifaction by Numbers’, a giant geological map of the British Isles made from crushed rock pigments; ‘The Vertebrae and the Spineless Wonder’, transparent dinosaur bones turned into votive objects which carry human stories marooned inside them, and ‘The Ichthyosaur’, a 195-million-year-old Jurassic Ichthyosaur found by the artist in Gloucestershire. It is the most complete ichthyosaur currently known in the county.

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Exhibition: The Watery World of the Ichthyosaur

Tuesday 23 May - Sunday 9 July | Admission Free

A mini exhibition in the Geology Gallery

Taking our very own fossil baby Ichthyosaur, freshly cleaned and conserved, as its centrepiece, this temporary display will allow you to explore the underwater environment that this creature lived in. Discover what an Ichthyosaur ate for lunch, as well as the other creatures and plant life that shared its watery world. With artistic representations of how the Ichthyosaur lived around 190 million years ago, plus the fossilised remains of the Ichthyosaur and its contemporaries this exhibition is not to be missed.

Supported by the The Curry Fund of the Geologists Association

Meet the Geologist

Wednesday 31 May | 2pm - 4pm | Admission Free

A chance to meet the Museum’s Geologist and learn more about our internationally significant geology collection. Bring your fossil finds for identification too! PLUS meet Adam White and other rock and mineral experts and hear about their amazing adventures and incredible discoveries.

Pop Up Artist Studio in the Walled Garden

Thursday 1 - Sunday 4 June | 11am - 4pm | Free, donations welcome

Visit a pop up studio full of intriguing artefacts, mineral magic and fossil finds! Call in and look, or stop and linger, draw, dream and imagine ...

Creative, playful art activities and displays presented by Periscope artist duo Emily Joy and Alison Cockcroft, to coincide with Adam White’s exhibition in Gallery One.

Everyone welcome, do come and discover this special space.

Supported by Stroud Festival

Evening Gallery Opening

Friday 9 June | 7:30 - 10pm | Free

A chance to meet Adam White and experience his exhibition ‘out of hours’ - giant experimental watercolours, new sculptures and very ancient dead things in rock! Expect the unexpected and look out for live performance art combining radioactive rock nodules and the tuneful whelp of the Geiger counter – meet Dr Richard Dean and Sean Roe at 9pm.

Artist-led Workshop with Adam White: Turning Rock into Paint

Saturday 10 June | 2pm - 5pm | £15/£10 Museum Friends

Join Adam White for a workshop based on his geological map 'Petrifaction By Numbers’, painted using mineral pigments. Adam will demonstrate how to find and grind up mineral pigments, lapis lazuli, malachite, ochres and other natural substances to make paint. Also, time allowing, there will be a chance to discover how he uses unusual watercolour techniques -  freezing, bubbles, isopropanol, plastics, scoring, weak acids and other mysterious things!

For adults, all materials provided.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Rocks, Minerals and Dinosaurs: A Day of Talks and Demonstrations

Saturday 17 June | 11:30am - 3:30pm | £7.50

Join Adam White for a day of discovery: two illuminating talks will uncover the stories of the new Welsh dinosaur and mineral collecting in the Forest of Dean, with a tour of Adam’s exhibition and rock splitting demonstrations in between. Click here for more information.

Creative Writing Workshop with Kevan Manwaring: Unearthing Stories

Sunday 18 June | 2pm - 4pm | £10/£8

Using Adam White’s exhibition ‘Palaeontology is a Dangerous Beast’ for inspiration this playful, exploratory workshop will use short writing activities to stimulate your imagination and create mini-stories, poems, and life-writing. Through personal excavation who knows what stories you will unearth? No experience necessary. Just bring pen and paper.

For adults and children aged 12 years and older.  Kevan Manwaring is a prize-winning writer and creative writing lecturer.

Booking necessary, please call the Museum on 01453 763394.

Did you know?

The artist will be at the gallery every Sunday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm and the exhibition will be accompanied by events and workshops for all ages. Check out the Calendar to find out more!


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