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Positive collisions – where art meets science

  • Date: 17 December 2009
  • Area: North


An exciting new initiative is bringing together artists and scientists across the Yorkshire region through an inspiring programme of events.

Hybrid, which is led by Leeds-based artist Paul Digby and Sheffield-based scientist and artist Lizz Tuckerman, enables artists and scientists of all disciplines to meet, and encourages cross-disciplinary interaction. It is supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire.

The initiative was launched in March this year, following initial research into the benefits of increased interaction between artists and scientists by Lizz Tuckerman.

The research highlighted that approaches to interaction between art and science can take place in a diverse number of ways. These extend from the standard model of an artist residency within a scientific environment, to scientists with professional art qualifications leading lives split between their art practice and their scientific careers. In addition there are art therapists transforming patients lives, and artists that use scientific imagery for fine art purposes.

Since its launch, Hybrid has held a series of seminars in venues, including Leeds Arts Gallery, and facilitated the creation of a growing network of artists and scientists.

Looking ahead, there are a number of fascinating events already scheduled for 2010.

Performance artist Alex Kelly from Sheffield theatre company Third Angel will discuss his collaborations with artists, scientists and geographers in a seminar at Leeds Met University, on 28 January, 6-7.30pm.

A symposium of arts and science at the Thackery Museum, Leeds, on 20 March, 10am-6.30pm, offers an inspiring day of debate, networking and discussion with keynote speakers including the Arts Director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Sian Ede; Philosopher, Dr Mary Midgley; and Senior Curator of the Wellcome Collection, James Peto.

For more information visit Hybrid or download the booking form in Related Files on the right hand side

On 29 April, Sheffield and Santander-based visual artist Hondartza Fraga talks about her work using scientific and technological imagery during her recent residency at the LKV studios in Trondheim, Sweden, in an early evening seminar.

An exhibition highlighting various outcomes of combining art and science will be shown in Sheffield during February 2010. Guided tours for sixth formers and a day of performances are planned, and work will be shown in Persistence Works, the Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery and Butcher Works Gallery.

Mairead Turner, Performing Arts Officer, Arts Council England, Yorkshire said: 'Hybrid has begun a fascinating exploration of how science and art can compliment and inspire each other. Its growing network of artists and scientists are already working together in innovative new ways, and we can look forward to expecting the unexpected from this exciting initiative as it continues.' 

For further information on Hybrid and to join the Hybrid mailing list visit Hybrid