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The largest UK exhibition of Scottish artist Katie Paterson to date is paired with a group of works by JMW Turner.

This exhibition includes the majority of Paterson’s existing works, which explore our relationship as humans with the vastness and wonder of the universe, our desire to see the un-seeable, to know the un-knowable.

She worked with NASA to recreate the smell of Saturn’s moon Titan in Candle (from Earth into a Black Hole) (2015), and the European Space Agency to send a meteorite back into space in Campo del Cielo,Field of the Sky (2012-14). Of such collaborations she says, 'I am asking people to access all they know.'

Paterson (born 1981, Glasgow) first captured imaginations in one of her earliest works, Vatnajökull (the sound of). From anywhere in the world you could call a mobile phone number to be connected to a rapidly eroding glacier in Iceland and listen to it melting.

Like Paterson, JMW Turner was fascinated by the sublime wonder of nature, capturing the changing and atmospheric qualities of light, air and weather in his paintings, while also being deeply curious about science and the physical world. Paterson has selected a group of over 20 Turner watercolours and paintings to be interspersed with her works.

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