Imag(in)ing, at the heart of what artists and scientists do

28 February 2018

Imag(in)ing, a new exhibition mixing art and science is now open at the Ewart Gallery, Sydney. This exhibition, curated by Jane Théau, is part of the Workshop Arts Centre's Festival Of Other Arts exhibition, in conjunction with Art Month in Sydney.

Imag(in)ing involves eight scientists from the ANU and Sydney University. Scientific images have been handed over to twelve artists who have re-imagined them in a completely new way in the form of sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs, videos or tailor-made optical devices.

JCSMR’s very own Dr Leonie Quinn is part of this exhibition, with breathtaking photos of germ-line stem cells. Her images were reinvented with sculpture or mathematically inspired paintings. Dr Quinn will officially open the exhibition on Thursday 1 March at 6:00pm.

The other ANU scientists involved are Roger Heady, Alex Maier, Melanie Rug and Tim Senden. The ANU artists involved are Julie Brooke, Deirdre Feeney, Erica Seccombe, and Jane Theau.

Imag(in)ing has been described by Jane Théau as “being at the heart of what artists and scientists do”:

“(Scientists and artists) imagine what might exist, and what already exists that has yet to be discovered. The artist's studio and the scientist's laboratory are two of the rare places left for open-ended inquiry. In these spaces the big questions are addressed: "What is true? How can I improve my world by what I discover, what I create, and what I do?", Jane Théau said. "Several of the artists (involved in this exhibition) had careers in science before becoming established artists, demonstrating the crossover between the two disciplines. Researchers from the Australian National University and the University of Sydney, working in areas as diverse as cancer or malaria research and metallurgical engineering, have been involved. There are, in effect, two exhibitions in one!"


Exhibition dates: 27th February - 17th March, 2018

Venue: Ewart Gallery, 33 Laurel Street, Willoughby, NSW.