Beth Allsopp, Katerina Antoniou, Jed Buttress, Jasmine Matthews, Callum Todd, Olivia Turner
Evening reception: Wednesday 27 September 5-8pm
‘Valence’ is an art/science collaboration and investigation between the Fine Art department and the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research (WCMR) at Newcastle University. WCMR is a leading international research centre at Newcastle University Medical School which aims to transform the lives of patients with mitochondrial disease. Fine Art at Newcastle University, currently ranked top in the UK for art and design, is very actively engaged in cross disciplinary work between artists and people in other fields.
Mitochondria are the energy producing components of the cell and contain their own DNA. Mutations in mitochondrial DNA can cause an energy deficit causing mitochondrial disease that predominantly affects the brain, liver, muscle and heart causing symptoms such as epilepsy, stroke, and muscle weakness. The WCMR supports patients with mitochondrial disease and conducts pioneering research into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disease including development of new IVF techniques which may potentially prevent women affected by mitochondrial DNA disease passing the condition on to their children.
‘Valence’ is an artist residency programme with the WCMR research team involving six fine art students and WCMR staff who have been working with scientists and patients developing work that offers a range of insights into this vital body of research and how it is perceived and understood by scientists, patients and their families. The artists are: Beth Allsop, Katie Antoniou, Jed Buttress (undergraduate students), Jasmine Matthews, Callum Todd (who graduated this year), and Olivia Turner (PhD researcher).
The exhibition presents the first phase of this investigation for public examination and, through an interactive symposium, for discussion and response from patients, scientists, clinicians, artists and others working in the humanities. The outcomes of this will be published online and the exhibition will be further developed and toured as the residency progresses.
The exhibition is supported by:
Newcastle Institute for Creative Arts Practice
Newcastle Humanities Research Institute