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Can art engage people with science?

08 December 2007

The School of Optometry and Vision Sciences is proving that science and art have a lot to offer each other. The new building is becoming popular as an art gallery as well as an internationally acclaimed centre of scientific learning.

‘Who I Really Am’ is the latest exhibition in the School’s café area. The artworks were made by sixteen women in response to Artes Mundi 2, an international art prize based in Cardiff, and through print making workshops organised by Artes Mundi with the All Wales Ethnic Minority Association (AWEMA). All of the women artists are from Cardiff and of first and second generation Pakistani background.

The School’s atrium also houses work by artist Claire Morgan who has created large-scale three dimensional art pieces that reflect the activities of the area. This permanent exhibition was commissioned through Cywaith Cymru.Artworks Wales.

In the autumn the School hosted ‘Design Beyond Sight' in the clinical corridor . This was an exhibition of Czech Design prototypes for visually impaired people which can be enjoyed by sighted and blind alike. The usefulness of the everyday objects on show was matched by their aesthetic appeal. This exhibition resulted from collaboration with the School and the Czech Centre, JBC London, Cardiff School of Art and Design, Design Wales, Cardiff Institute for the Blind and RNIB Cymru.

In the New Year a visiting exhibition by the photographer Richard Bailey of images focusing on young adults with Down’s syndrome and their abilities, dreams and expectations will be shown in the School’s café area.

The School of Optometry and Vision Sciences welcomes anyone to pop in Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm to enjoy the artwork.