Light Embodied - Trinity Exhibition, JCR Art Gallery

Date and time

25 Apr 2018 12:00 to 13 Jun 2018 14:00


Pembroke JCR Art Gallery, Pembroke College, 5 Brewer Street, OX1 1QN

Light Embodied unites the two seemingly opposite worlds of medieval science and contemporary art practice.​

Glass and ceramic artists from the National Glass Centre in the University of Sunderland have created works in response to medieval ideas on colour and light, as articulated by the remarkable medieval thinker Robert Grosseteste (1175-1253) who considered colour as ‘light incorporated in a transparent medium’.​

Presenting ways of understanding the universe across the centuries, this exhibition includes rare books and manuscripts from Pembroke’s collection, including a first edition of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica. The inclusion of a glass sculpture by Angela Palmer from the JCR Art Fund Collection opens up conversations across time and disciplines.​

Exhibiting artists include: Cate Watkinson, Colin Rennie, Helen Pailing, Ruth Brenner, Angela Thwaites, Claire Todd, Alexandra Carr, Rosie Reed Gold and Angela Palmer.​

Light Embodied runs 25 April – 13 June 2018 at the Pembroke JCR Art Gallery, 5 Brewer Street, OX1 1QN and is open 12pm – 2pm on Wednesdays & Thursdays. Free and open to the public.

Grosseteste’s writings are the subject of a large-scale interdisciplinary research project, The Ordered Universe, based at the Universities of Oxford and Durham, with further partners across the world. The project involves working collaboratively with artists from the National Glass Centre, who created a new body of work for this exhibition.

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