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25 October 2011
The work of two artists will go on display later this month as part of a week-long event designed to explore developments in the work of mental health research and their social and cultural ramifications.
Between the 31 October and 4 November 2011, BayArt Gallery in Cardiff Bay will host the exhibition Translation: From Bench to Brain and display the work of Julia Thomas and Dr Rhys Bevan Jones, School of Medicine.
Thomas and Bevan Jones both have specialist interests in issues such as genetic studies related to mental health, classification, metaphor and representation, variability, identity, and ‘big science’.
The overriding theme of the exhibition will be the ways in which scientific information is relayed from the laboratory bench into social consciousness.
"We are lucky at the MRC centre to be able to work with talented artists and illustrators. Art allows for a more innovative means of engagement that creates opportunities for public debate and discussion" according to Dr Jamie Lewis from Cardiff University’s MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics & Genomics who leads on public engagement.
"Translation: From Bench to Brain is exactly that: a public engagement event that intends to open up a space for conversations between scientists, social scientists, artists and public groups around developments in psychiatric genetics."
The exhibition is part of the broader Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science Week which runs from 29 October to 5 November, and a collaboration between Cardiff University’s ESRC Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen) and MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics & Genomics, as part of their public engagement programme.
Julia Thomas said: "I aim to create participatory artworks that facilitate reflection on scientific research, its processes and societal expectations."
During an evening event on Wednesday 2 November, invited guests will speak on the academic work which has fed into many of the pieces of artwork on display. These will include Dr Ian Jones of the MRC Centre, Dr Andrew Bartlett of Cesagen and Dr. Clive Cazeaux from UWIC.
The evening of the 4 November will allow the artists to discuss their own inspirations in creating the exhibits.
The BayArt Gallery will be open to the public on a daily basis between the hours of 10am and 5pm and, in addition to this, evening talks will be held on the 2 November and the 4 November. At these events, the gallery will remain open until 8.30pm.
The event can also be followed on twitter at: www.twitter.com/benchtobrain
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