Atmospheric Forces

Atmospheric Forces – a beginning

Thursday 10th June

2pm – 3.15pm (online)

Join artists Sheila Ghelani and Sue Palmer and guests, as they respond to the question ‘Atmospheric Forces – what does this mean to you?’

Topics that they’re exploring:

  • The weather system of a person, the weather system of a planet
  • The air, global exchange, trade winds, climate, gravity, circulation
  • Colonialism and empire
  • Coverings, layers, care

Speakers include:

  • Jane Trowell – Art educator, curator and environmental justice activist, who works with arts-activist research organisation Platform
  • Deepa Bhasthi – Writer and Farmer (joining from India)
  • Ollie Douglas – Curator of MERL Collections, University of Reading
  • Andrew Charlton-Perez – Associate Professor in the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading
  • Harshavardhan Bhat – PhD Researcher with the Monsoon Assemblages project at the University of Westminster (joining from India)
  • Marlene Creates – Environmental artist who lives and works in a 6-acre patch of old-growth Boreal forest on the island of Newfoundland, off the Atlantic coast of Canada (joining from Newfoundland).

This informal online event marks Sheila and Sue’s first in-public exploration of their new research focus, following a number of conversations with Reading-based researchers across the University.

The artist duo collaborated on the work Common Salt which was hosted at The MERL in January 2020.

In Atmospheric Forces they continue to open up the themes of nature, colonialism, memory and connectivity and will present their new piece as a work in progress in the Autumn in Reading.

This event welcomes attendees who have an interest in the topics, coming from any research background. It will be hosted on Zoom; to register please use this link:

 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.