Steve Geliot has been observing starling murmurations alongside similarly entranced friends in Brighton for over eight years, and with his artist colleague Lou McCurdy established the Save Our Starlings campaign in February 2022 during their acclaimed Undercurrents exhibition at Phoenix Artspace last winter. These dazzlingly intimate images of Brighton’s famous starlings have emerged from Steve’s film – making process, and reveal them as raucous dandies in rainbow colours.
Steve will also give a talk at the Centre on February 16th 2023, covering starling migrations, light pollution and an update on local starling numbers.
Steve is an artist, film maker, and citizen scientist with a love for the natural environment. Many people will be familiar with his Public Art commissions around Brighton such as “Spiral”, which was a collaboration with Landscape Architect colleague Fiona Atkinson and is located outside the West Pier Trust, “Waves of Compassion” at Norfolk Square and “Canopy” at Caister’s Close in Hove.
Steve works hard to protect and celebrate the natural night, contributing to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dark Skies, doing advocacy and campaign work with The Campaign for Rural England and is lead author on a paper with Prof Chris Kyber and Jacqueline Croesfeldt which uses satellites to measure extreme light pollution from football grounds in the UK.
Steve and his acrobat friend Elle Ireland were commissioned to create a series of campaign films for The Forest Of Dean to become a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Autumn of 2021.