Art, Science and Our Future Material World

Bristol800 Weekender

Sat 12 November 2016

Art, Science and Our Future Material World

Bristol800 Weekender

Sat 12 November 2016,

The light weight and high strength of composite materials such as Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) means that they are finding more and more applications, from cars, to aircraft and even bridges. Bristol has played an important part in the history of these materials, and also hosts a world-leading research group at the University, and the National Composites Centre.

Designer Tom Metcalfe will present a work-in-progress, sharing developments of his recent micro-residency. His work explores ideas of craftsmanship, sustainability and the complementary processes of traditional tailoring and composites manufacture.

This residency was supported by Bristol800, the University of Bristol’s Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science, the National Composites Centre and Watershed.

A panel discussion on the future of composites and their impact on our material world will follow the talk with an opportunity for Q&A.

Tom Metcalfe, Designer
Paul Gallen, Sector Lead (Automotive), National Composites Centre
Kevin Potter, Professor in Composites Manufacture, Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science, University of Bristol
Hamish McAlpine, NCC Project Manager, University of Bristol
Chair: Zahra Ash-Harper, Producer, Pervasive Media Studio

Talk: 1 pm – 2 pm – requires booking.
Exhibition: 2 pm – 5 pm – drop-in – no booking required.

Image courtesy of Matt Scott/National Composites Centre

This event is part of the Bristol800 Universities Showcase Weekender.
Bristol800 is supported by:

Arts Council England, Bristol & Bath Cultural Destinations, Bristol City Council, The Society of Merchant Venturers, University of Bristol, University of the West of England

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