Biojewellery is a collaborative project involving Tobie Kerridge and Nikki Stott, design researchers at the Royal College of Art, and Ian Thompson, a bioengineer at Kings College London, its aim is to bring the medical and technical processes of bioengineering out of the lab and into the public arena.
Funding totalling approximately £60,000 has been awarded by the Engineering and Physical Science Council as a part of their Partnership for Public Awareness initiative. More details on the grant can be found here.
The participating institutions:
The Royal College of Art is the world’s only wholly postgraduate university of art and design, specialising in teaching and research and offering the degrees of MA, MPhil and PhD across the disciplines of fine art, applied art, design, communications and humanities.
Kings College London King’s academics pursue and achieve excellence in a wide range of research activities and scholarship. In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, twenty four subject areas were rated 5 or 5*, the highest ratings achievable.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences – from mathematics to materials science, and from information technology to structural engineering.
Biojewellery had a range of aims at the outset and the purpose of evaluting the project is to see how these aims were met. An important part of the evaluation is to get your response to the project.
Provide your address if you would like a booklet from the Biojewellery exhibition posted to you (these details will be kept separate from the other questions, and not used for any other purpose).
As the project timeline stretches into the horizon, progress is being made. Biojewellery is now out of the funding period of the EPSRC award, but thanks to the support of Guys’ & St Thomas’ Charity a fine exhibition is being designed for the Atrium 1 space at Guy’s Hospital. This is now due to open in early November, and will include full documentation of the project, and the final jewellery.
After the show the we aim to publish a full project report, but in the meantime some details from this evaluation have been added to the website.
Biojewellery is complete. It’s currently on show at Central Middlesex Hospital, part of the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust. The exhibition is part of NWLH Arts programme, and has been kindly supported by its director Candice Hurwitz, and Karen Sarkissian at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.
Have a look at documentation of the exhibition here, where you can also find a pdf version of the accompanying booklet.
This blog is likely to be quiet from now on, as there is a new project taking shape over here, it’s called Material Beliefs.