Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) and the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) are delighted to present ‘Loop Hole’, an exhibition showcasing an important collaboration between art and science.

Last year, as part of a public engagement initiative funded by the Wellcome Trust, the SGC invited 21 undergraduates from AUB to develop design concepts and artwork in response to the SGC’s drug research activities, as well as to the broader themes of biotechnology and medicine.

The collaborative partnership was designed to create a dialogue between art and science, helping to bridge the gap between the two, and see how a creative approach can communicate specialist scientific information in a way that is more accessible to the public.

AUB’s artists and designers approached the task of celebrating the culture of medicine in a variety of different ways. Some students attempted to visualise the biological mechanisms involved in disease and treatment and to bring these processes to life.

Others focused on the cultural impact of biotechnology and how the more we discover about human genomes and disease affects our understanding of ourselves.

Principal Lecturer in BA (Hons) Fine Art at AUB, Richard Waring, said: “This project has given our students a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with the scientific community in aiding public awareness. AUB is proud to engage in nationally and internationally recognised research and transfer of knowledge in the arts.”

Dr. Ellie Williams, post-doctoral researcher at SGC said: “The opportunity to collaborate with artists from AUB has given us a chance to see our research through new eyes and get a fresh perspective on how our work impacts others and also how others can impact our work.

This collaboration between researchers at the SGC and the artists of AUB is a unique way to engage beyond the lab and for us as scientists to not only broaden our horizons but to help discover new connections between our work and the people it impacts – to discover new ways of explaining what we do and why to a wider audience.”

The exhibition is on display in Oxford at both the Medical Science Teaching Centre in South Parks Road and the University Church of St Mary the Virgin on the High Street from 20th– 22nd April.