Loop Hole: An Art-Science Collaboration

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Photograph copyright of J.M. Robbins

The ‘Loop Hole’ exhibition was the culmination of a collaboration between the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) and the Arts University of Bournemouth (AUB).

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Photograph copyright of J.M. Robbins

 The exhibition contained artwork inspired by the science undertaken at the SGC and produced by students from the AUB over the course of the last few months. It was held between two venues, the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin and the Medical Science Teaching Centre (MSTC) from the 19th to the 22nd of April 2016. 21 artists displayed their work, ranging from paintings to sculptures to video projection pieces, split between the two locations. The Mayor of Oxford attended the opening event on the 19th of April and over the course of the exhibition, over 550 visitors passed through the exhibition split between the venues with visitors from across the UK and as far afield as India, Mexico, Brazil and Australia.

The students were very pleased with the chance to exhibit their work in Oxford and it has been an excellent experience for the researchers at the SGC to talk about their research and see that translated into art inspired by our conversations with the AUB. The perspective we have been able to offer each other has been fascinating and it has allowed us to see our work through fresh eyes. We are very much looking forward to continuing this collaboration and hopefully putting on a further exhibition some time next year.