Culture24/7: Science and Nature events and exhibitions in the UK for August 2013

By Ben Miller | 31 July 2013

From the inaugural Environmental Art Festival in Scotland to a month of 3D fun at the Science Museum... Here are the best Science and Nature museum events and exhibitions we've spotted for your enjoyment in August...

a large boulder on top of a hill with chains attached
Matt Baker's Hush will be at the Cairnmore of Fleet as part of a new environmental art festival in Scotland.
Treasures from a hidden garden – plant portraits by the Florilegium Society, Chelsea Physic Garden, London, August 1−30

Paintings of superfoods, rock gardens, plant quadrants and more from the group of artists whose “exacting passion” – careful studies and sketches of plants across the Physic Garden – follows in the footsteps of 18th century botanical art forefather Georg Dionysius Ehret.

Spirit in the Air, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, from August 2

Drawing on evidence gathered by “Carbon Catchers” around the city’s streets and parks, environmental artists Tim Collins and Reiko Goto use ground-breaking technology to represent the carbon dioxide levels of Edinburgh’s festivals through art and sound. Their quest is to deduce whether art changes the climate.

Mark Neville: Deeds Not Words, The Photographers' Gallery, London, from August 2

Using photos, scientific reports and testimonies, Mark Neville’s social documentary on toxic waste and contaminated land tells the story of Corby, where the families of 16 children born with limb defects fought an 11-year battle for justice.

Tree Tops, Mansfield Museum, Mansfield, from August 10

A therapeutic summer haven in Nottinghamshire, opening with a cool green curtain which leads to a dreamy woodland glade. The floor has been turned into a bark-strewn forest, with a stream, toadstools towering above reading corners, leafy canopies and hidey holes.

3D Summer, , London until September 1

Try 3D design workshops, make your own 3D glasses or create a 3D computerised version of yourself with the chance to be featured in a new exhibition. There are lots of free family activities exploring three dimensional world at London's Science Museum this summer.

Brunel's Works in Wales, National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre, from August 17

Isambard Kingdom Brunel never worked in the north of Wales, but his engineering ingenuity solved many a transport puzzle between Pembrokeshire and the Gwent borders. Rail, bridge and sea designs are the main focus here.

Environmental Art Festival, various venues, Dumfries and Galloway, from August 30

Scotland’s inaugural green-thinking art festival has a strong folkloric element. Cinematic takes on the ecosystems on the English-Scottish border and a jet of white water, powered naturally and referencing 18th century power shifts, are a couple of the spectacularly scenic works to look out for. See our Preview.
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