Dr Sasha Rakovich, expressed her excitement about this unique fusion of disciplines: “Transcending the Invisible is not just about sparking thought; it’s about igniting creativity and innovation. By combining the talents of artists and scientists, we hope to offer the public a tangible understanding of the fascinating world of nanomaterials.”
The project is split into two phases. In the first stage, the selected artists will embark on a journey to explore the world of nanotechnology with a tailor-made lecture series called ‘In Focus’ providing insights into the department’s ongoing research. These lectures will be delivered alongside presentations from the artist on the techniques and tools they use in their practice.
Additionally, artists will engage in one-on-one sessions with their paired scientists, allowing them to visit laboratories and immerse themselves in the scientific world.
Mentoring sessions with the organising team will provide continuous support and feedback to foster the artists’ and scientists’ development and growth.
The second phase of the project focuses on the creation of new artworks inspired by the scientists’ research. Brainstorming sessions between artists and scientists will lead to the development of these innovative pieces. Mentoring by the organising team will guide the artists through various aspects, including budgeting, timelines, exhibition contexts, and dissemination plans.
The culmination of the collaboration will be celebrated through a public-facing event, highlighting the exciting fusion of art and science.
Transcending the Invisible aligns with the Royal Society’s mission to promote public engagement in science and research. It exemplifies the definition of public engagement as a two-way process, aiming to generate mutual benefit by sharing the benefits of higher education and research with the public.
This ambitious project promises to unveil the world of nanomaterials in a novel and accessible way, ultimately enriching both the artists’ and scientists’ understanding of their respective fields and engaging the wider public in the wonders of nanotechnology.