Fissions and recent Futures: Exhibition at Andrews Photography Festival, 'Science & Photography'

Gair Dunlop (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Exhibition at Kinburn Park, St Andrews, United KingdomPart of the St Andrews Photography Festival 'Science & Photography'Exhibition dates:4 - 27 October 2019

Fission research was the future once. Britain defined itself by it, built global networks to supply and test it, and spent vast amounts of money and intelligence on it. Gair Dunlop has gained unprecedented access to Dounreay, Harwell, and other sites to explore physical traces of this nuclear research. This set of outdoor prints on the pathway between St Andrews Physics department and the town allow public access to the nuclear dream.

The original dream can be glimpsed through models, displays and archive film.The sites themselves now lie in various stages of decommissioning, secure compounds in idyllic or rugged landscapes.

 The future of fission materials is being processed through a series of Irradiated Fuel Caves.Deconstructed, filtered, and stripped of highly radioactive or re-usable elements, the remains are being prepared for long-term deep storage. These cells represent the end state of some of the most expensive and dangerous material experiments ever undertaken in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKinburn Park, Saint Andrews
PublisherSaint Andrews Photography festival
Media of outputOther
Size14 tyvek-printed outdoor print, 1 metre by 75cm each
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


  • FissioN
  • History of technology
  • Atomic research
  • reactors
  • British fission
  • research
  • visual art

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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