York Art Gallery

ALIVE: Art Between Life and Science

9 December 2016 – 23 April 2017

ALIVE: Art Between Life and Science‘ features artwork inspired by the ground-breaking medical and scientific research being undertaken at the University of York.

Six artists were commissioned by the University of York’s Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders (C2D2) to produce the work, which highlights the powerful connection between art and science.

The internationally-recognised artists include a sculptor, a poet, a digital artist and three visual artists with their collaborations spanning eight University Departments ranging from Biology to Theatre, Film and Television.

Exhibiting are Jacob van der Beugel, Christy Ducker with Kate Sweeney, Anna Dumitriu, Mark Fell with Sandra Pauletto, Peter Myers and Laurence Payot. The initiative is funded by C2D2 which is itself co-funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Dr Sandra Pauletto, Deputy Director of C2D2, said:

“Art and science are ways to explore, understand and further our knowledge of life and the world around us.

“This exhibition allows both the general public and researchers to think about scientific and medical issues from new perspectives. As you look at science through the microscope of artistic mastery, prepare to be challenged, amazed and to expand your understanding of life.”

Laura Turner, senior curator at York Art Gallery, said:

“Each artist was invited to the University based on their existing portfolio of work. It is incredible to see how each of these talented artists have interpreted the research undertaken at the University of York in very original and unexpected ways.

“The exhibition, which includes installation, video, poetry, painting, sculpture, digital interactivity and even bacteria cells, will bring medical research to the forefront through the medium of this evocative artwork.”


Latest Display

The final display of the exhibition has now opened featuring the work of artist Laurence Payot. Living Sculpture (Virtual) by  is inspired by the research around symbiosis by Professor Michael Brockhurst at the University of York and consists of a wooden sculpture vibrating with sound which encloses digital technologies and a Victorian magic trick called Pepper’s Ghost. Please click here to find out more.


Visiting the Project Gallery

The current exhibition is open daily during normal gallery admission hours until 23 April 2017 and entry is free. Please check our website for details of the next display in the Project Gallery.