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Threads exhibition in Foster Social Space

International exhibit comes to UK for the first time

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has opened a unique exhibition that aims to explore the relationship between art and science.

Entitled ‘Threads – Dialogue between art and neuroscience’, the display was opened in the new Social Space in Foster Building with several members of the University’s art and science staff invited to witness the grand unveiling.

The exhibition aims to challenge visitors to establish correlations between the artistic work and scientific images and discuss interfaces between science and art. Originally from Porto Allegre in Brazil, this is the first time that the exhibit has been displayed outside of South America.

Victorio Bambini, who is a lecturer in biosciences at the University, was pivotal in securing UCLan as a host for Threads and shared his pride at the exhibition being brought to Lancashire.

“I’m very proud of the exhibition. I’m not an artist or the curator but the fact that I could bring this exhibition over here to UCLan is fantastic” said Victorio. “To also offer the opportunity to students to see how art and science are connected is something I’m really proud of.

I view science and art as the same thing, however, we seem to treat them as if they are completely separate things. We treat it as if science is completely logical and that art is absolutely subjective and up to the emotions of individual humans.

“It’s going to be here until the end of April so there is plenty of time for people to come and see the exhibition.”

The display is intended for artists taking part to focus on topics such as brain, nervous system, neuroscience and neurons.

Victorio hopes that the pieces of work on display will inspire students from several areas of the University to research the connection between art and science.

He added: “Through this exhibition, we are trying to stimulate the students of UCLan. Not only the students in the School of Pharmacy, but for the whole University.

“I view science and art as the same thing, however, we seem to treat them as if they are completely separate things. We treat it as if science is completely logical and that art is absolutely subjective and up to the emotions of individual humans. This exhibition works to actually bring those things together and plays with the rules of both.”

The free exhibition is open daily to the public in UCLan’s Foster Building Social Space until April.


Threads exhibition in Foster Social Space

Chris Coughlin | 04 April 2018