| March 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Art Students Triumph at ‘Where Art Meets Science’ Awards

The University of Lincoln is celebrating after talented art students scooped two out of three prizes awarded at this year’s Healthcare and Bioscience iNet art competition ‘Where Art Meets Science’, an annual project managed by Medilink East Midlands.

Faith Wibberley and Sarah Galley, both 3rd Year (BA Hons) Illustration students, were among the 20 finalists who attended the award ceremony held at BioCity Nottingham on 1st March.  They each received prizes worth £250 and a specially commissioned glass trophy created by local artist Stuart Akroyd for their efforts.

The awards encourage artists to collaborate with experts in the appropriate field of science and to deliver an artwork or sculpture that captures the public imagination in a positive way. Thirty of Lincolnshire’s most creative students entered this year’s competition, the highest number in the event’s four-year history.

Faith’s creation ‘Dragon Fish’ was produced to raise awareness of the endangered species of the Chinese fish, the Arowana, which symbolizes luck and is believed to bring wealth and prosperity to its owner.  She said: “2012 is the Chinese Year of the Dragon and, with many people hoping for a lucky break in the current economic climate, the species is in greater demand than ever before.  Even though it’s illegal, they are regularly being smuggled into the United States.  This is putting the future of these beautiful and valuable fish in serious danger.”

“I’m really grateful for this wonderful opportunity. I’ve very much enjoyed the whole process and the evening.” says Sarah.

Sarah’s inspiration was the neurological condition, migraine. Having suffered herself from frequent and regular migraines from a young age she wanted to highlight the condition and the effects it has on the senses with her piece entitled ‘Migraine Sensitivity’.   She explained:  “I wanted to portray the sensitivity to sound and light so used playful imagery and visual signifiers such as a monkey with symbols and an angle poise lamp. A woodpecker hammering at a tree signifies the repetitive throbbing sensation felt in the head when experiencing a migraine attack. I’m delighted to be a winner as there are some extremely good entries this year.”

University of Lincoln students also fared particularly well in the 2011 awards when 3rd Year (BA Hons) Illustration student, Poppy Iddon, walked away with an award for her colourful piece created to raise awareness of the effects of global warming on our coral reefs and the ecosystem that surrounds them.  Pieces by Sally Townsend and Maggie Shaffer also made the final of the competition.

Guest speaker at this year’s award ceremony was research professor, Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, head of the Neuroengineering lab and director of the Bioengineering Research Centre at the University of Leicester, who gave guests a fascinating insight into the science of visual perception and the implications for art.

‘Where Art Meets Science’ is sponsored by Pennine Healthcare and held in association with the Healthcare and Bioscience iNet, a project managed by Medilink East Midlands.  Elizabeth Fothergill, Pennine’s chief executive, presented the awards.

Entries were judged by Elizabeth Fothergill, scientist-turned-artist Dr Linda Dearden, Dr Christian Thode, senior lecturer in Pharmacology at Nottingham Trent University, and Dr Ian Barr, former director of the Healthcare and Bioscience iNet.

Dr Darren Clark, CEO of Medilink East Midlands said: “The standard of entries just gets higher every year and we are constantly amazed and impressed by the standard of work that comes out of the region.  It was great to see such a large number of entries from Lincoln and I’m really pleased that they have done so well in the final round of the competition.  Hopefully this will inspire even more Lincolnshire students to enter next year’s competition.”


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About Medilink East Midlands

Medilink East Midlands is the life science industry association for the East Midlands whose aim is to help healthcare and bioscience companies establish, develop and grow. Medilink’s highly knowledgeable team is a proven and trusted source of expert assistance and provides a range of specialist support services to its network of over 4000 contacts.

The Healthcare and Bioscience iNet is an initiative, delivered by Medilink East Midlands, that brings together businesses, universities, and the NHS to develop new technologies, processes, products and services in order to build a healthy economy. The iNet is a project part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

About ERDF nationally

The ERDF Programme aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by supporting regional economic development.

The ERDF objectives for England are:

  • Promoting innovation and knowledge transfer
  • Stimulating enterprise and supporting successful business
  • Ensuring sustainable development, production and consumption
  • Building sustainable communities
  • Improving accessibility and connectivity (for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly only – as part of their Convergence Programme).

A Programme Monitoring Committee monitors and oversees programme implementation in each region.

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