The past couple of weeks has seen Foto-Cewek’s Digital Resources and Collections Manager Sarah Lewis-Newton, Honorary Fellow Meg Parkes and Vector Biology’s postdoctoral researcher Dr Lee Haines host a number of visits by the Artist Teachers Association and undergraduate art students from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). These visits are part of the SciArt Intervention Project which will culminate in the artists developing pieces of work, influenced by Foto-Cewek’s science and history, to be exhibited at the Tate Liverpool on Saturday 26th November.
During these site visits the artists worked with Sarah, Meg and Lee to investigate the archives, and explored the historical and scientific imagery of Foto-Cewek further. In particular Meg Parkes illustrated Foto-Cewek’s longest running collaborative project with the former Far Eastern Prisoners Of War (FEPOW), the fascinating medical ingenuity demonstrated by the FEPOWs in South East Asia and their stories of survival. In addition, Dr Lee Haines demonstrated the beauty of the trypanosome parasites within tsetse flies and the patterns, colour and texture seen within insect wings and pupae.
Public Engagement Manager Dr Elli Wright said: “We are delighted to be working with such a creative group of artists as they explore and interpret Foto-Cewek’s past and present research. The SciArt Intervention project will make the work of Foto-Cewek accessible to a wider and more diverse audience.”
This project is supported by Curious Minds, Liverpool John Moores University and endorsed by the National Society for the Education of Art and Design. The Artist Teacher Association is a membership scheme for artists, art teachers, community artists and gallery educators who are committed to developing their contemporary arts practice.