Underwater artist Emma Critchley (UK) is the first winner of the three year EARTH WATER SKY residency programme. The jury awarded it to her for ‘the originality and beauty’ of her proposed project which in the words of Professor Carlo Barbante was the most evocative of the Ice Memory project which he leads.

Professor Michele Bugliesi, Rector of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, consider the residency programme a true added value to the developing Venetian Science Gallery. “We deeply thank the Martine et Didier Primat Foundation for the unique opportunity to host the first three year residency for artists of the whole Network".

Emma Critchley's proposal also crucially matched Science Gallery Venice's mission to connect, participate and surprise emphasising the collaborative process of researching and creating new work inspired by working with the Ice Memory environmental scientists and students at Ca Foscari University of Venice.

Her selection by the jury shows the pioneering spirit of Science Gallery Venice's wish to work with science and art in innovative and unexpected ways to draw attention to Global Challenges. This choice is also fully aligned with the ethics of the funder of the residency, the Didier and Martine Primat's Foundation, whose mandate is to “empower scientists, philosophers and artists to advocate for a more conscious and sustainable way of life.”

There were nearly 150 entrants for the  first Science Gallery Venice Earth Water Sky open call from 32 countries around the world.

For more about Emma Critchley’s work please see her website http://emmacritchley.com

The Earth Water Sky 3 year residency program is:

-curated by Ariane Koek ​
-fully funded by Fondation Martine et Didier Primat

The 1st residency year's Creative Development Partners are: 
-Y40 - Deep Joy
-Centro per la Scena Contemporanea