The perfect combination of brains and beauty
Press release issued: 1 December 2009
An exhibition of science-inspired artwork produced by postgraduates from the University of Bristol's Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences will be on display in the at-Bristol science centre café next week [7 December to 17 January 2010].
The 12 artworks, which will be hung in the windows of the at-Bristol café and can be viewed from outside as well as inside, comprise the six winning entries and six runners-up in the University's annual Art of Science competition. The exhibition will run for six weeks from Monday 7 December.
This annual competition is organised by the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences, this year in collaboration with at-Bristol. The challenge, open to postgraduates across the faculty, was to represent scientific research in all its aesthetic beauty.
Entrants were required to present a good balance of artistic quality and relevance to their research, through confocal images, photographs, original artwork or computer models. The results are a collection of patterns, colours and compositions. The winning images were selected by judges Goery Delacote, Chief Executive of at-Bristol, Andrew Price, Director of The Bristol Gallery, and Professor Anthony Walsby of the School of Biological Sciences. The winners received cash prizes of £50 each, and the runners-up a bottle of champagne.
Rebecca Jones, a PhD student in the Department of Biochemistry and the organiser of this year's competition, said: 'There were more than 50 entries this year, resulting in an outstanding range of high-quality images, many of which show exceptional artistic flare. This the first year we have partnered with at-Bristol to run the competition, and this partnership has taken the competition to a new level.
'It is hoped that the competition will go from strength to strength in future years as a result of this collaboration. There are many talented postgraduate researchers in the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences who relish the opportunity to convey their images to the public; there is certainly a lot more to give.'
All the entries will be framed and displayed in the Medical Sciences Library and throughout the Medical Sciences Building early next year.
Further informationThe Art of Science exhibition runs from 7 December 2009 to 18 January 2010 in the At-Bristol café, Anchor Road, BS1 5DB, open from 10 am each day.
For further information about the competition visit The Art of Science 2009.
A public engagement story about the project and two of the students describing their winning entries can be found at The Art of Science.