Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) students are to exhibit in Oxford, responding to the work of the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), based in Oxford University.
Second year students from AUB’s Fine Art course have been working with the SGC, a not-for-profit organisation working to identify proteins of biomedical importance.
Breakthrough will consist of a variety of contemporary art media, including paintings, sculpture, video and performance. All the works interpret the SGC’s work in order to raise its profile and celebrate the work it does furthering the development of medicine to treat a variety of illnesses and diseases.
The 23 students have collaborated with the SGC, interviewing staff, researching its practices and collecting visual data in order to develop their work. Students have explored themes including the intricacy of protein structures, the repetitiveness of precise scientific processes and diseases such as Alzheimer’s. In addition, they have managed publicity, logistics, and curated the exhibition.
Fine Art Senior Lecturer, Paul Finnegan, said: "At AUB we believe it’s important for students to not only make excellent art, but also to understand how the contemporary art world works in order to prepare them for life after university. The best way to do this is to get hands on with a public exhibition process, including responding to a brief from an organisation. We are delighted to have worked with the SGC for five years now in this way, each year developing an exhibition in response to their work, and it has always produced interesting and thought-provoking art."