Lakeside Arts
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Lakeside Arts

Trent Building at University of Nottingham with Algae Exhibition stand


An open-air exhibition has arrived at Highfields Park showcasing the beauty and global importance of algae, microscopic photography and algae-based research contributing to the British Phycological Society (BPS) Winter Meeting being held in Nottingham.

The Hidden World of Algae is an exhibition that has been brought together through a collaboration between the British Phycological Society and the University of Nottingham’s School of Geography and MSc in Biological Photography and Imaging. With the generous support of Lakeside Arts and University of Nottingham’s Environmental Sustainability Committee with Nottingham City Council Parks and Open Spaces, the exhibition features photographs from the Hilda Canter-Lund photographic competition, the world’s only algae-themed photographic competition, as well as pictures taken by teaching staff and students from the University’s MSc in Biological Photography and Imaging.

Algae are key parts of planet earth’s life-support system but are generally overlooked by naturalists. Therefore, it’s been fantastic to collaborate with colleagues across the university to bring this exhibition together. We hope visitors are able to make connections between the images they see on the boards and what they can see growing in the lake.” Professor Martyn Kelly, Fellow of the Freshwater Biological Association

Images of three boards from the Algae Exhibition at Highfields Park

Due to national lockdown restrictions, you are invited to enjoy the exhibition virtually for now. If you are a local visitor and out for daily exercise, please enjoy the exhibition in Highfields Park safely.


The Hidden World of Algae exhibition was made possible by Cascade: Funding transformative student projects thanks to donations from alumni and friends of the University of Nottingham. We would also like to acknowledge the British Phycological Society for funding. Thank you for the generous support from Lakeside Arts, the Nottingham City Council Parks and Open Spaces team and James Parkinson with the Highfields Park Ranger for bringing the exhibition to life. Finally thank you to Stephen Galloway for designing the boards and all involved in the production – Hannah Kemp, Martyn Kelly, Thomas Hartman and Suzanne McGowan.

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