Are you an artist or designer inspired by science imagery or concepts? Would you like to gain a deeper understanding of molecules, materials, and matter guided by Scotland’s next generation of chemistry innovators?
Excitingly, ASCUS Art & Science and ScotCHEM, a ‘strategic collaboration of Scotland’s university chemistry departments’ are collaborating on a unique knowledge exchange/networking opportunity for artists and designers to gain exclusive access to Scotland wide cutting edge chemistry research.
Polystyrene resins functionalised with a benzothiadiazole photocatalyst laid on some black sandpaper. Image courtesy of Chris Thomson (PhD) and Alec Burgess (MChem student).
Join ASCUS at ScotCHEM’s networking event on 17th June at V & A Dundee where we will ‘catalyse creativity’, hosting ‘art meets science’ break out sessions, including a speed networking workshop bringing artists and early career chemistry researchers together and short talks from artists who have varying experiences working across disciplines. We will also be offering the chance to submit proposals for two ScotCHEM supported £1k art meets chemistry commissions. Learn more details about this on the day.
Our ability to manipulate the stuff of our world pervades almost every human endeavor. Chemistry improves the quality of our lives and is essential in overcoming future challenges. Take the opportunity to exchange creative concepts and ideas with some of Scotland’s most innovative chemistry minds.
For artists this is an opportunity to:
- Catalyse creativity by joining our ‘Art meets Science’ break-out sessions
- Make a proposal for a ScotCHEM supported £1k chemistry-art commission.
- Meet creative scientific minds
- Apply for a chemistry – art collaborative commission
- Creatively explore concepts of current scientific research
- Unearth and discuss some of the current complex questions of life being explored in science
- Share your creative practice and approaches with scientists and other artists
- Understand and learn from the complex chemistry of the natural world
Scientists lead research into the stuff the world is made of. They create new molecules and materials, enabling the technologies and treatments of tomorrow. They make new things possible, addressing global challenges such as how to tackle global warming; lead sustainable lives; or, support our aging population.
- Search for new drugs and treatments.
- Learn to control chemical reactions to make them more efficient, precise and sustainable.
- Explore the interactions of molecules and materials with light, radiation, magnetism and electricity.
- Control the shape and form of materials to influence their behaviour.
- Formulate complex mixtures and composites
- Understand and monitor the chemistry of the environment.
- Devise new methods to observe and measure molecules and materials.
- Create computer simulations of molecules and materials; their reactions and behaviour.
Please find the full event schedule here.
We are inviting artists and designers to join the second part of ScotCHEM’s all-day networking event, the first half is relevant to early career chemists. The second half is detailed below. Artists are welcome to attend the talks or sessions below and the dinner and after event networking. Please note to qualify for the art commission proposal, we ask that you attend the ASCUS speed networking event and the 2-minute pitches session.
ScotCHEM combines and enhances resources for chemistry research and research training in Scotland. The initiative brings together seven universities and other major players in the chemical sciences. ScotCHEM generates enhanced critical mass, spurs collaboration, and enables wider access to major facilities, driving excellence and providing the highest quality postgraduate education and researcher experience ScotCHEM work with industry and across disciplines to provide thought leadership and economic advantage.