I recently did a little bit of web design with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology, one of my always-interesting scientific clients. Dr Renee Beale, science communicator extraordinaire, has been doing some inspiring work connecting her centre and scientists with the art world and artists. Her latest project, Insight Radical, commenced this year and is already turning out some thought-provoking material via the project blog.
Some project info from the site:
"Insight Radical is an Inspiring Australia initiative which aims to create dialogue in the broader community about free radicals and their impact, both positive and negative, on health, materials such as paint and plastic, and the environment.
It will achieve this by:
- Hosting artists in the Free Radical Centre laboratories, forming collaborations between artists and scientists, and holding public exhibitions of resulting artwork in Melbourne, Sydney and London,
- Presenting science art workshops for members of the public in regional areas,
- Presenting a science art program for the Broken Hill community, and
- Working with Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.
This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education in partnership with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology, and Winsor & Newton.”
I love this project because it really taps into why I love working in science communication. Creativity and inspiration and getting your hands dirty working with big questions, these are principles that are prized across both science and art.
Anyway, I really hope you read the Insight Radical blog. The artists’ perspectives and responses to the chemistry are fascinating and kind of poetic.