Leeds Creative Labs: Bragg Edition

Leeds Creative Labs is an innovative programme which pairs researchers from the University of Leeds with creative professionals, aiming to spark collaborations and take risks. Over three months, ten materials scientists work with artists from a range of disciplines.

The Bragg Edition brought together professionals from the creative industries with scientists and engineers involved in The Bragg Centre for Materials Research at University of Leeds to explore collaborations and create ideas. Cabinet of Curiosity Studio were selected to collaborate with weaver of DNA and nanoscale filmmaker Dr Andrew J Lee. In the first phase of the collaboration Dr Andrew Lee and researchers shared their scientific research and lab practice whilst Cabinet of Curiosity Studio engaged researchers in paper folding techniques to develop participatory workshop activities and art work. Design techniques, including mood boards, mind maps and origami models were used in creating artefacts that documented these initial Creative Lab discussions.

A second follow-up fund focused on researching and developing public engagement tools to enable participants to understand and experience DNA structures within nanoscale environments. The aim is to produce outcomes that have the potential to be used as teaching tools for STEAM engagements in art and science with children aged 6-11 years, schools and families. The collaboration is an ongoing project with the second stage due to be completed at the end of 2020.

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