heart is a creative exchange. The project uses textiles to engage communities with the scientific research of the Biodiscovery Institute.
Based at University of Nottingham, the Institute works to prevent and cure disease. The project offers local people an insight into this important work. It is a chance to learn about the impact research will have on wellbeing; to add scientific context to their own stories of recovery and loss; to ponder the possible futures that the Biodiscovery Institute‘s work will bring about.
heart is a collaboration between City Arts and the University of Nottingham.
Workshops are a chance for the project participants to learn new creative skills. They are led by experienced textile artist Anna Wickramasinha and held at City Arts and the Muslim Community Organisation in Sneinton.
Sessions cover techniques including embroidery, embossing, appliqué and printing. The informal, creative setting of a workshop helps people open up to discussing the research of the Institute. They are attended by academics, who explain, discuss and debate their work with participants. In an inclusive and accessible environment, participants can learn and form their own opinions about the research.
Artist and participants are collaborating on a textile artwork that communicates the ideas and information they’ve learned during the sessions. Showcased in the Window Gallery at City Arts, the brightly coloured labcoat brings greater public awareness to the Institute’s work. The Window Gallery is a street facing exhibition space seen by hundreds of people a day.
Inspired by the heart labcoat, City Arts and Biodiscovery Institute are running workshops at Clifton Library, using art to teach the public and school pupils about the cells and structures in the human heart. The resulting heart cell inspired textile artworks are bound into a book by artist Anna Wickramasinha, and displayed at the Library. Schools taking part include Forest Fields Primary School, Dovecoat Primary School and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.