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Beauty is the First Test Exhibition @ Pump House Gallery

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Maths Can be Beautiful
Lesley Halliwell
Work in progress by Lesley Halliwell


Maths was always my worst subject at school. When it came to doing equations I absolutely stunk. Then again so did my teacher. Although I'm still rubbish at maths, I have gained a new appreciation for numbers. It isn't all algebra and logistics, in fact sometimes working with numbers can be fun. Just think about sudoku.

sphere
Without maths, I would not have been able to make this sphere


Usually we consider art to be a creative mode of self-expression, whereas the logical realm of mathematics is something cold and sterile. Art, however, depends a lot on maths, even when it is used subconsciously. If it was not for maths, we would not have symmetry, we would not have shapes, and we certainly would not have some of our most geometrically fascinating architectural buildings. Imagine if the Egyptians or the Mayans were bad at maths. There would be no pyramids that's for sure - at least nothing as spectacular as The Great Pyramid of Giza, anyway.

That's why the Pump House Gallery is holding an exhibition called 'Beauty is The First Test', to show how the realm of mathematics can create some of the most beautiful structures and artworks around.

The free exhibition will be open until the 25th November with a number of weekend workshops and activities. These include the Sunday Social Craft Cub that takes place every week between 1pm-4pm, and has special classes such as sewing and working with felt. The Monthly Do on the 18th November between 11am-4pm also gives families the opportunity to drop in and do printmaking and performances.
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Why? Make maths fun
When: Wed-Sun: 11am-5pm
Phone: 44 (0)20 8871 7572
Where: Pump House Gallery
Cost: Free
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