Science and art join forces for exhibition

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AN EXHIBITION that combines art and neuroscience is about to open its doors to visitors.

Ten artists are displaying their work as part of A Nervous Encounter from Saturday until October 20 at the Old Fire Station in George Street, Oxford.

Neuroscientists at the Medical Research Council Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit (ANU) at the University of Oxford worked with the artists from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, on the project.

The exhibition includes a combination of media from printmaking and photography to video and sound installations in-spired by the brain research lab.

Dr Megan Dowie, a post-doctoral researcher at ANU and project leader, said: “This has been an amazing opportunity to share our research with different audiences and we are looking forward to seeing and experiencing the artworks created as a result of this evolving relationship.”

Artist Nathan Cohen, course tutor at Central St Martins, said: “It has been inspiring to see the research undertaken and to work with the neuroscientists in the MRC unit in Oxford over the course of the year.

“This has offered a significant opportunity for a group of scientists and artists to collaborate together.”

Jeremy Spafford, director of arts at the Old Fire Station, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming this fascinating exhibition.

“It is a wonderful example of how art can help us reflect on and understand the world around us and, in this instance, within us.

“The public will be able to enjoy great art, learn about the workings of the brain and engage in revealing dialogue.”

Scientists at ANU study the properties of individual brain cells (neurons) and groups of neurons to understand more about how the brain works.

Jude Eades, Medical Research Council communications manager, said: “Talking about science with the general public can be challenging, so we support and embrace new methods and opportunities to open that dialogue.

“The MRC is proud to support this exhibition and bring the work of the ANU to a new audience.”

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