Otago Polytechnic

Art & Genetics: What do you get when you cross an artist with a scientist?

Art and science might be two different  areas but a group of Dunedin artists and scientists have proved there can be a meeting of minds even on complicated concepts such as genetics. Rebecca Fox talks to some artists involved in the Art and Genetics Exhibition.

Otago School of Art senior lecturer Peter Stupples said this year's exhibition was linked to the Conference of the Genetics Society of Australasia being hosted at the University of Otago. For the past seven years, art school students, staff and other artists had joined with scientists to create artworks during an about eight-month period. This year the artists were working with those in the genetics and biochemistry fields.

''The idea is not to illustrate science but mainly to bring science to the public, to show people who come to the show an idea of science.'' The works that emerge cover all sorts of media - sometimes paintings but also drawings, video, sculpture and printmaking. Read more in the Otago Daily Times. and PressReader  

Location: HD Skinner Annex, Otago Museum


Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 6pm-7pm
All welcome


4 -16 July 2017, open 10am - 3pm daily

Artist floor talks 

Saturday 8 July, 2pm-3pm
Madison Kelly, Natalie Forsdick and Christine Keller 


Sunday 9 July, 2pm-3pm

Pam McKinlay, Brittany Sue Mason and Jesse-James Pickery


Saturday 15 July, 2pm-3pm

David Hutchinson and Chanel Taylor: Sue Nunn and Iain Lamont



The Art and Genetics Exhibition is the culmination of a six month collaborative project between artists from the Dunedin School of Art, University of Otago scientists and other Otago artists. The project is part of the Art and Science series -  the theme this year is Genetics.

The exhibition will run alongside the international conference on genetics being held in Dunedin in July - hosted by Genetics Society of Australasia with the NZ Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Find out more about the conference including public talk sessions >

Image: Pam McKinlay and Jesse-James Pickery, Iranga Tukunga Iho, 2017.

Art and Genetics Exhibition in association with the conference of the Genetics Society of Australasia

In collaboration with scientists from the University of Otago, Dunedin artists and the Dunedin School of Art


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