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Spotlight Talk » Clouds with Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Join us for an evening with Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, as he takes you on an illustrated tour of the sky. In this lecture, Pretor-Penny will show you how to recognize many of the varied and beautiful cloud formations, from the fair-weather cotton tufts of Cumulus to the UFO shapes of lenticularis clouds and the surreal undulations of fluctus clouds, including examples of how artists have rendered clouds in selected works from Crystal Bridges permanent collection. In this enlightening and entertaining talk, you will understand why clouds are the most evocative and poetic aspect of nature, you will learn how cloudspotting is the perfect antidote to the pressures of the digital world, and you’ll discover that spending a few moments each day with your head in the clouds will help you keep your feet on the ground. Looking up will never be the same again!


Gavin Pretor-Pinney is founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, which has over 47,000 members in 120 countries. He is the author of the internationally bestselling Cloudspotter’s Guide and Cloud Collector’s Handbook. His third book, The Wavewatcher’s Companion, won the prestigious Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. Gavin is a TED Global speaker with over 1.2 million views. He has presented television documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 and is a Visiting Fellow at the Meteorology Department of Reading University and winner of the Royal Meteorological Society’s Michael Hunt award. Gavin co-founded the Idler, a magazine that argues for the importance of downtime in creative thinking.  His latest book, A Cloud A Day, is coming out this November.

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Sponsored by Deloitte and Ken and Liz Allen.

Free with online registration, register online or with Guest Services.

October 18, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:
Great Hall