All in the Jeans at Durham’s Palace Green

AN UNUSUAL outdoor exhibition which mixes fashion and science is intriguing visitors to Durham City’s historic cathedral and its grounds.

The eye-catching Field of Jeans exhibition features rows of denims displayed in the shadow of the majestic cathedral on Palace Green to highlight how everyday clothing can be used to purify the air we breathe.

Known as catalytic clothing, the jeans contain ‘photocatalysts’ within the denim which react with sunlight to break down pollutants in the air. The exhibition, by artist/designer Professor Helen Storey MBE and scientist Professor Tony Ryan OBE, is part of a series of events to celebrate Newcastle ScienceFest.

Durham University’s Science Learning Centre North East (SLCNE) has brought the exhibition, which runs until Friday March 16, to the city.

Three pairs of jeans will also feature in a wider exhibition on catalytic clothing at Eldon Square Shopping Centre, in Newcastle, until April 3.

Claire Willis, deputy director of the SLCNE, said: “People have been really intrigued by it, particularly against the backdrop of a world heritage site.

“Hopefully this compelling exhibition will help people appreciate the global significance around the air we breathe and the reduction of harmful pollutants.”

The exhibition has been part sponsored by NETPark, the North East Technology Park at Sedgefield via its Project C community scheme which aims to encourage people in the North East to get excited about science and technology.

Ann Deary-Francis, NETPark’s community engagement officer, said:

“I’m really excited to see Field of Jeans on Palace Green. It’s perfect that such cutting edge science is on prominent display in a world heritage site that has been a centre of learning for a thousand years.

“It’s a privilege for the County Durham Development Company and NETPark to support Newcastle Science Week this year, working with Newcastle Science City and the Science Learning Centre North East.

“The variety of events on offer demonstrates how science and technology are at the heart of everything we do – excellence in sport, the cutting edge of fashion, and the experience of being in a nightclub.”

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