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6 April 2011


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  • UCL Astrophysics Group
  • UCL Observatory at Mill Hill
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • Artist and UCL alumna Katie Paterson, the first artist-in-residence at the UCL Astrophysics Group, is exhibiting work inspired by the programme in several international galleries.

    During the residency supported by the Leverhulme Trust, Katie has been exploring ideas of star death and birth, dark matter and gamma-ray bursts. Katie said: "It's an honour to work closely with such leading scientists. The residency provides great opportunities for interdisciplinary thinking and innovative collaboration, allowing me to pursue my deep interest in the cosmos."

    Professor Ofer Lahav, Head of the Astrophysics Group, added: "We're all astronomers, so we look at things in a particular way and methodology. Having Katie in the corridor has brought a whole new life to the place. Seeing her interacting with students and staff, getting ideas and giving us some ideas has been very fruitful."

    Katie graduated from the UCL Slade School of Fine Art in 2007. The new body of artwork has been exhibited recently at galleries in London, New York and Seoul, with further shows scheduled for this spring in Vienna and Manchester.

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    UCL context

    The Astrophysics Group at UCL forms part of UCL Physics & Astronomy. It is one of the largest astrophysics groups in the UK, comprising about 80 members of academic, research and support staff.  Research areas cover massive stars, star formation, interstellar and circumstellar processes, astrochemistry, cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, extra-solar planets, atmospheric physics and instrumentation. The group's members also play leadership roles in many international projects, including the Dark Energy Survey and the Hubble Space telescope.

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