Doug Patterson ‘Making a Sun on Earth’ exhibition Cornerstone Arts

Doug Patterson is one of three artists involved in a new exhibition, ‘Making a Sun on Earth’, who have collectively been inspired by nuclear fusion – the quest to emulate the power of the stars for a new energy source. Alongside Doug’s paintings, the exhibition will display the work of two photographers, Alastair Philip Wiper and Tim Jones. The ‘Making a Sun on Earth’ exhibition is the result of the three artists spending time as artists in residence at The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.


The ‘Making a Sun on Earth’ exhibition is at Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot, from 10 March to 26 April 2015.

Doug Patterson’s paintings of JET, the large European fusion experiment at Culham, are part of his ‘Sacred Places’ project. Doug has made a series of journeys across the globe exploring his interest in science and religion. Read more about Doug Patterson’s ‘Sacred Places’ project. He has more recently visited ‘temples of science’ – JET, CERN and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway – which he sees as today’s equivalents of sacred places.


Throughout history, men and women have searched to find their Gods in various forms, developing architecture that expressed their spirituality. The 20th century witnessed incredible advances in technology and science, and an architecture has developed which has created its own aesthetic. Working on site on the images of JET, I tried to express in my work the utilitarian spaces and spirit within this modern-day cathedral of science.” Doug Patterson


Making a Sun on Earth
Tuesday 10 Mar 2015 to Sunday 26 Apr 2015
Cornerstone Arts Centre
OX11 7NE

Cornerstone Arts is open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 4pm Sunday.

On Wednesday 18 March 2014, Doug Patterson is giving an illustrated talk at Cornerstone Arts covering his work in architecture, film and his ‘Scared Places’ project, and his new work with The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

Doug Patterson, Artist Talk at Cornerstone Arts Centre: Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 6:30pm.