MA Art in Science students exhibit works at Glastonbury's first art-science exhibition

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Over the weekend, ten Liverpool School of Art and Design students and graduates showcased their work in the Green Futures Field at Glastonbury festival.

Their artworks formed part of a brand-new Science Futures area at Glastonbury where festivalgoers were able to explore how science shapes our daily lives in ways you might never have imagined.

Co-ordinated by Dr Emma Sayer of Lancaster University, the area hosted games, music, demonstrations and events that explored everything from climate change and space travel to plant power and much more.

In the outdoor exhibition Science, not Fiction people were able to see the work of the incredibly talented MA Art in Science students and graduates.

Glasto exhibit 2 web banner 835 x 500From a graphic medicine style comic looking at the theme of body donation, to a series of salt sculptures representing rising sea levels, the varied work explored a whole host of fascinating scientific worlds often hidden out of sight. Full exhibition details can be discovered in the online display booklet.

Mark Roughley, Programme Leader MA Art in Science, also exhibited a 3D facial reconstruction put together alongside Dr Jessica Liu, Dr Sarah Shrimpton and Prof Caroline Wilkinson from LJMU’s Face Lab.

Their works featured alongside artworks from Eric Drass aka shardcore and graphic designer Victoria Woollett.

“Festivals are playful and exciting, presenting informal opportunities for people to learn about and be inspired by art-science research in unexpected locations,” says Mark. “Science, not Fiction has allowed our students and graduates to showcase their practice-based research to an audience that may not otherwise have happened upon them in galleries, museums or journal articles.”

In keeping with the festival’s strong tradition of contemporary arts and visual impact, the exhibition made an essential contribution to the debut Science Futures area through its enticing visual aspects, demonstrating the effectiveness of communicating science in non-verbal forms.

The MA Art in Science programme at Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University, brings artists and scientists together to collaborate across disciplines. The programme cultivates specialist, transferable skills directed towards future vocational opportunities; and facilitates transdisciplinary learning opportunities that are not often available to those singly defined as ‘artists’ or ‘scientists’.


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