BACKGROUND

A British based artist, I have lived and worked in Australia, The Netherlands and Texas, and these are strong influences in my work. As an eighteen-year-old early-career technical specialist at a naval dockyard in Sydney, I modified and repaired countermeasures equipment and sonar on ships and submarines. Upon completing the traineeship, I was recruited by an R&D company in the UK to develop receivers and electronics for airborne devices, another creative experience if somewhat less physical than my first job as it was designed on a millimeter scale.


During that time I studied Electronics Engineering at York University, and in my final year designed an instrument for archaeological use. Although I was offered a cross-disciplinary Ph.D opportunity in subsurface radar technology, I chose to work first for a UK and then a US company designing and developing telecommunication infrastructures, process control systems, and telemetry systems for oil platforms, refineries, and remote monitoring. I even worked with NASA. Much of my current art practice is informed by this past, a collaborative raison d’etre, the creation of projects with a technical heart, effective communication, and a clear aesthetic.


I moved to the Netherlands in 2001, and the following year was accepted onto the Fine Art degree course at The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Being taught in Dutch was a challenge but, despite my lack of a formal art background, I found the physical process and the creative opportunities inspiring. This prompted a career shift from engineering to art. Excelling as a student I was fast-tracked, skipped a year and graduated in 2006. Since moving back to the UK I continued to develop my art practice through the different modalities of teaching, exhibiting, studying and developing time-based art-science projects, the latter in collaboration with scientists, musicians and dancers.

I completed an MA in Printmaking in 2012. Having worked as an engineer and team manager working directly with scientists, I apply the realities of context, research trajectory, creative thinking and their outcomes to my practice. Recently I have been collaborating with British Antarctic Survey, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, and the School of Music at the Australian National University.


CV

PUBLIC ART, EXHIBITIONS & COMMISSIONS

2020 Space Acoustic Ecology Album– Halley Station, Antarctica with the Australian National University (ANU) Music Press

2020 Sounds of Space Films, Hebridean Dark Skies Arts and Astronomy Festival, An Lanntair, Isle of Lewis

2019 Aurora Musicalis with Dance, Eddington for Festival of Ideas, Cambridge

2019 Art-Science ‘live’ Performance with orchestra, lectures & new work, School of Music, ANU, Australia

2019 Alive in the Universe; 8 x 1 min art-films, Venice Biennale, Alive in the Universe, Palazzo Pesarro Papafava 

2108 Sound of Space; multidisciplinary performance (talk, dance, animations, live music) BAS

2018 From A-B. Solo Retrospective Exhibition, Yarrow Gallery, Oundle

2017 Journey into Velvet; video installation SRUK, Dr. Ana Cabrera ,Interwoven, V&A

2017 Creative Reactive, Projected Video Installation; Will Hill, Cambridge School of Art, Cambridge

2017 Strike, Multiscreen Video Installation, filmed/edited for Issam Kourbaj, Penn Museum, Pennsylvania 

2016 Breaking Boundaries; art-science commission performance, DIPC with M. Murray for San Sebastian, Spain

2016 Water, art-science video installation, Technical Museum, Zagreb, Croatia with L. Fruk, Cambridge

2016 Exo-planets (data as print series) Cambridge, Pint of Science, Cambridge 

2015 Amyloid Beta Shadowland’; sound and video installation, Cambridge, Cavendish Labs Dr. Laurie Young

2015 Laser Illuminations on a chimney, Museum of Technology, Cambridge

2015 Nano Art: Perceiving on the Smallest Scales, Festival of Ideas, University of Cambridge

2014 Bespoke DNA necklace (contains actual DNA), USA client

2014 Unearthed; video portrait and sound piece for Issam Kourbaj P21 Gallery, London

2013 Typographia; art installation with performance, Typography Conference,, Cambridge

2012 Radio Dials; Interactive Sound & Print installation, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge

2010 Print Exhibition (solo) Gainsborough House, Sudbury,

2006 Degree Show, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Netherlands

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES & PRIZES

2019 School of Music, ANU, Canberra-  Visiting Artist

2019 A-N Artist Bursary 2019 Recipient

2019 Time to Stare Bursary, Suffolk

2013 AA2A – Cambridge School of Art

2010 Gainsborough Graduate Print Prize 2010

 

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT & PUBLICATIONS

2019 Seminars, lectures & Performance, School of Music, Australian National University, Canberra

2019 Sounds of Space, Public lecture, Blue Dot Festival, Jodrell Bank

2019 Sounds of Space, Lecture, Polar Educators Conference, Cambridge

2018 Sounds of Space, A&G Journal https://academic.oup.com/astrogeo/article/60/2/2.18/5380747

2018 Sounds of Space, Festival of Science, March 2018, Cambridge 

2016 Pivotal Environmental Festival, Artist, Film Organiser, Museum of Technology, Cambridge 

2016 Big Draw, Transformation Animation, Anglia Ruskin University 

2016 Data Floes, Polar Science as Catalyst for the Arts, Lecture, Festival of Ideas, Cambridge 

 

ART EMPLOYMENT

2010 – 2020 Digital Art Teacher (P/T), Stephen Perse Foundation, A-level, IB, Senior School, Cambridge

2011 – Current Bespoke Art Tuition, CPD, Lectures & Workshops 

2016  Projection Fine Art Workshop, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, London

2016 – Art Director for documentary, Normal? – Festival of the Brain, Folkestone

2013 – 2015 Delivering CPD for schools: Animation, Film Making, Photoshop

2014 – 2015 Life drawing classes, Stephen Perse School, Cambridge

2011 – 2014 Aspirational animation courses, SHINE for Nth Cambridge Primary Schools

2008 – 2011 Art and Architecture Courses,, Cambridge University Summer School

2008 – 2010 Sculpture Classes Adult Education, Bottisham

2007 – 2010 3D Art & Design Tutor 6th Form CATS, Cambridge

2003 – 2005 Bespoke studio-based art courses, The Hague, Netherlands

 

ENGINEERING EMPLOYMENT

2001 – 2006 Freelance Telecommunication Consultant, Netherlands

1994 – 2001 Lead Telecommunications Engineer, Brown & Root Inc, Houston, USA

1992 – 1994 Senior Telecommunication Engineer, AMEC Engineering, London

1990 – 1992 Instrumentation Engineer Marathon Oil, London

1984 – 1990 Electronics Design Engineer, Cossor Electronics Ltd, Harlow

1981 – 1984 Technical Officer-Naval Systems, Sydney, Australia

1980 – 1981 Trainee Technician, Centre Industries, Sydney, Australia

 

WEBSITES

https://www.dianascarborough.co.uk

https://www.instagram.com/dianascarboroughartist/

https://vimeo.com/artistdianascarborough

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianascarboroughjohnston/

https://www.facebook.com/DianaScarboroughArtist

https://www.bas.ac.uk/project/sounds-of-space/

 

EDUCATION

2012 MA Printmaking (Merit), Cambridge School of Art, Cambridge 

2006 BA Fine Arts, Royal Academy of Arts (KABK), The Hague, Netherlands

1990 BSc (Hons 2:1), Electronic Engineering, University of York, U.K.

1984 Certificate of Electronic Engineering, Nth Sydney, Australia

 

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS

C Eng Registered Chartered Engineer

M.I.M.C Member of Institute of Measurement & Control

 

THE TEAM – KEY COLLABORATORS

Dr Nigel Meredith, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge (https://www.bas.ac.uk/project/sounds-of-space/)

Dr Kim Cunio, School of Music, Australian National University (https://www.anu.edu.au/about/governance/committees/dr-kim-cunio)

Dr Ljiljana Fruk, Dept.of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology, University of Cambridge (https://www.ceb.cam.ac.uk/directory/ljiljana-fruk)

Dr Ana Cabera, V&A Museum London (https://www.vam.ac.uk/research/projects/interwoven)

Ilse van de Berk, Artist, Netherlands (http://twinsed.com)

Sue Bevan, Workshop Leader (https://suebevan.co.uk/workshop-leader)