Art and science combine to reveal amazing body secrets

A sculpture on bioengineering by Kate Sully, part of the Reconnect exhibition on art and science, telling the story of the human body
A sculpture on bioengineering by Kate Sully, part of the Reconnect exhibition on art and science, telling the story of the human body
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This exhibition is part of Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering, demonstrating how art and science can work together to show how the human body works.

Arts organisation Ignite Imaginations is partnering with academics from The University of Sheffield to translate cutting edge science into eight new artworks. The aim is to give the public a unique view into the hidden world inside our bodies.

The artworks form an exhibition that, along with presentations of the research that inspired them, will tour to Shiregreen, Parson Cross and Jordanthorpe.

Artist Kate Sully has created a sculpture demonstrating the scaffold structures created in regenerative medicine, which she has woven and embellished with materials to show how new cells begin to form and develop.

In collaboration with the Bone Interaction Group (BIG) and with Sheffield University Crucible Funding, Michelle Roper has created A Giant’s Bone to introduce what is inside bones to pre-school children.

Further artworks on show include a weird and wonderful world created from textiles and light, inspired by the abstract, interconnecting shapes found in microscopic bone structure, a paper sculpture inspired by the twisting spiral of DNA and panels of fused glass, ceramics and etched copper inspired by the beautiful forms found in fungus.

The exhibition is free and will run from today to Wednesday at The Hub, Hartley Brook Road, then Thursday, Friday and next Monday at SOAR works, Knutton Road before moving to Whitewillows, Dyche Road from next Tuesday to Thursday.