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MA Art and Science Class of 2021 present ‘Virtual Ground’

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This year’s MA Art and Science graduates are presenting their work through both virtual and physical exhibitions and hosting a public online symposium.


The ‘Virtual Ground‘ physical exhibition will be at Asylum Chapel; a stunning grade two listed building and Safehouse 1 and 2; two charming abandoned Victorian houses in Peckham London, currently a hub for contemporary art. This new show brings together works of 20 interdisciplinary artists, who work and experiment at the intersection of art and science, researching a broad range of subjects from ecology to philosophy, neuroscience to spirituality, light to perception, biotechnology to feminism… and more. Scientific theories and perspectives relevant to our times are critiqued through a diverse range of media including painting, performance, video, print, new media, sound, montage, sculpture, installation and virtual reality.

Virtual Ground‘ grew from a need for a paradigm shift; to blossom new ideas and ways of thinking beyond the binary, beyond the institution, beyond our inherited reality and into new worlds.

‘VIRTUAL GROUND’ PHYSICAL EXHIBITION (following Covid19 social distancing regulations).

Online booking here

Asylum Chapel, Caroline Gardens, Asylum Road, SE152SQ

6th July @ 13.00 – 20.30 BST

7th July 2021 @ 10.00 – 14.00 BST

Safehouse 1 and 2, 137 – 139 Copeland Road SE15 3SN

July 9 – 10th July 2021 @ 10.00 – 20.30 BST

11th July @ 13.00 – 20.30 BST

12th July @ 10.00 – 14.00 BST

lots of squares on a sphere

MAAS Open Studio 2021


21st January 2021 – 21st February 2021

Open Studio will open here on the 21st of January


This year MA Art and Science students are mostly working from their home-studios. With tighter studio spaces they collaborate with co-habiting species, work with diverse responsive matter and make experiments in their living spaces.

Giving full attention to their surroundings, each student’s work develops to explore variations of possible futures.

SEE YOU TOMORROW invites you to see how artists make work by combining their creative practice with scientific research and what happens in the process.

The map navigates you to public places frequented by artists on the course. If you happen to be in the area close to their dot on the map, then follow directions to find an object temporarily placed by the artist, for you to see and use as a QR Code portal to their virtual studio. If these locations are local to you* then please try visiting these places physically to have an embodied experience of each and every spot chosen for you by the artists, and then share your moments with us using #SeeYouTomorrow #MAAS21 #artandscience

Participating Artists: Lucy Jane MacAllister Dukes, Clemence Vazard, Shivani Mathur, Kelly Briggs, Diana Krilova, Sophia Cakova, Laurane Le Goff, Haoran Ye, Steve Wheeler, Patryk Starzykowski, Ruth Hallgarten, Laura Melissa Williams, Aminder Virdee, Vidya Lalgudi Jaishankar, Sorcha Jewell, Dovile Antusaite Sostakas, Maite Pastor Blanco, Anita Chanda, Younkuk Choi, Noa Rodríguez Méndez, Holly Moore, Joana Viveiros, Kiah Nicole Fisher, Josie Rae Turnbull, Wendelle Allado, Debra Pollarini, Audrey Rangel Aguirre, Himarni Moonasinghe, Anna Linnea Strøe, Yan Gi Cheng, Steffi Callaghan, Elena Vittoria Bevilacqua, Yawen Zhang, Merve Safa Erguner, Belle Kushner, Xin Sun, Molly Macleod, Laura Benetton, Emma Williams, Thomas Graham, Roseanna Clarke, Rowan Affleck, Georgina Clift, Kaini Zhang.

* in compliance with current covid-safety guidelines in your area

A Picture of Health leaflets

A Picture of Health – Medical Research Council


Students from MAAS and MAFA collaborated on a project with the Medical Research Council (MRC) funded London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS). The project was designed and run by Dr Jenna Stevens-Smith and Lucy Brown.


Young woman making a speech.

Dr Jenna Stevens-Smith, Head of Communications and Engagement, MRC LMS (Photo -Jody Kingzett)

Young woman clapping and smiling

Lucy Brown – Engagement Project Manager and Creative Producer of A Picture of Health (Photo -Jody Kingzett)

It began with a workshop on 20th June 2019 hosted at LMS where researchers associated with the institute presented their research into 6 key themes; Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection, Diet and Lifestyle, Genetics and Assistive Technologies, Mental Health and Dementia, Environment and Ageing, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data.  The workshop enabled round-table discussion of these topics between mixed groups of artists, scientists, and artist facilitators.  The workshop aim was to link artists and scientists who were interested in working together to create an art project with one of the themes as a focus.   Discussions were varied and highlighted areas both of overlap in interest, and differences of opinion around these different themes of research and the approaches that were used, spanning ethics and different perspectives of evidence and experience in art and science.  Following the workshop, artists were invited to submit proposals for a piece of work to be produced for a future showcase event.  Proposals submitted were selected by a panel of staff from the LMC, with access facilitated to scientists to support discussion and facilitation of work.

Current and former MAAS / MAFA Students participating in the project individually or in groups included Phil Barton (Ageing and Environment), Mariana Heilmann (Antimicrobial Resistance), Teresa Byrne, Lottie Bolster & Rowan Riley (Dementia & Mental Health), Rose Mengmei, Lois Bentley, and Riko Yasumiya (Artificial Intelligence & Big Data), and Laura Madeley (Sleep /Diet & Lifestyle).

Interim work by the artists was presented at a crit event on 27th September 2019 attended by scientist collaborators, artist-facilitators, and members of the LMS.  Feedback was provided on the direction of the work with suggestions for future development of the work at the final showcase.   Again, discussions highlighted the similarities and differences in how methods of science and art approach a brief, and how creative ideas can emerge and take different directions from an initial proposal.  These ideas were further developed following viewing of a gallery space at Elephant West. Proposals for the final projects were developed with the gallery’s curator, Gareth Meredith and project manager, Lucy Brown for a final exhibition. 

The artists’ final work was exhibited at a showcase event on the 18th November 2019 at Elephant West’s project space and cultural hub.  Works presented included a range of materials and techniques including woodcuts, ceramics, stitch, textiles, etching, and physical computing and arduino to create prints, paintings and interactive installations.  The pop-up exhibition was well attended, with the audience hearing brief talks by artists on their work within the gallery space, interviewed by one of the project facilitators.   The opening event was followed the next day with workshops hosted by the artists attended by local community groups.  A tour of the exhibition was followed by creative sessions informed by the methods and themes artists had used in their work including collage, drawing and printmaking.

Crowded gallery with a woman making a speech at the far end of the darkened space.

A Picture of Health private view at Elephant West (Photo-Jody Kingzett)

The work was showcased again at the Science Museum as part of the Art & Science themed Lates Event, where work was installed for another pop-up and artists ran workshops and spoke to the public about their work.

The series of events was completed with a London Laser talk event where artists participating in the project spoke about the process of collaboration in an event alongside artists working in the healthcare field, creative producers, and staff from CSM and LMS.



Systems within Systems: Mapping Pathways.

Mariana Heilmann 



Systems Within Systems is a thinking tool.

It is an interactive method to map pathways through the complex and inter-related web of factors that affect health. For this exhibition, this method is being used to explore the global topic of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), in particular, the important part that the individual plays in the bigger picture.

In collaboration with Dr. Enrique Castro Sanchez (Imperial College London), the method has been adapted for the purpose of running workshops with local school children. The featured pathway is intended to promote awareness and empowerment around the topic of keeping healthy (thereby avoiding antibiotics).

Progressively, each layer represents a system and the subsystems that exist within it. Through dialogue and analysis, each layer is filled. The wipe-able blackboard material allows for multiple “journeys” of thought and analysis.

A group of people stand around a table in a gallery whilst a woman presents a project.

A Picture of Health pop up exhibition at Elephant West November 2019 (Mariana Heilmann’s work in background and on screen: Systems Within Systems -2019.

A set of black ceramic nested bowls with white writing on the edges and along the inside rims

Systems Within Systems 2019-Mariana Heilmann

A Good Night’s Sleep

Laura chose the topic of sleep for this project because although it is essential for our health and survival, many of its mechanisms remain a mystery. Clinical and translational research explores multiple factors that regulate our sleep, and what happens when these processes become disregulated.

Alongside this, there is public health interest in sleep, in part because the relationship between sleep and health is circular; poor sleep can be both cause and consequence of other health problems including physical and mental health difficulties. Sleep is also something we can easily take for granted, or restrict, by living in a 24/7 society, if we don’t recognise its importance for our health and wellbeing.

The work for A Good Night’s Sleep was developed using data from Laura’s personal overnight sleep study (Polysomnography – “PSG”). Polysomnography enables sleep technologists and clinicians to understand the quality and quantity of an individual’ sleep in a clinical setting, and makes the invisible processes of sleep visible. This dataset includes electroencephalography EEG, heart rate, blood oxygenation and Electrocardiogram (ECG). Working with it enabled conversations with medical technologists, and clinicians about how PSG data is used in diagnosis.

view into a long narrow room with a projection on the end wall and art work along each side wall.

Laura Madeley’s installation – A Good Night’s Sleep (Photo-Jody Kingzett)

Close up of two walls at right angles. End wall has an image projected onto it, the other wall has abstract art in geometric shapes.

Laura Madeley’s installation – A Good Night’s Sleep (Photo-Jody Kingzett)

A Deep Connection: Urban Trees and Health Human Health in Cities

A Picture of Health depends on human beings living in harmony with the life support systems sustaining us – the air we breath, the water we drink, the food we eat, the weather we experience as well as the economics that support us, the culture that nourishes us, the medicine that treats us and the rights that we enjoy.   Individuals are an integral part of complex systems – and so are the trees.

A Deep Connection was made in creative dialogue with scientists working on Diet and Lifestyle, the Health of Trees and Environmental Impacts & Ageing and Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection. 

Initially supplying medical and environmental research papers Phil Barton then held two creative workshops to consider the scientific similarities and differences of a picture of health for people and urban trees.   Together they brainstormed, wrote poetry, drew and deliberated. Many elements of the finished artwork reflect these interactions.

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A triptych on a wall framed by a large light blue circle. The triptych (a large scale woodcut print)depicts a red tree and its roots. The image is superimposed by two green human shaped networks at each side of the tree.

Phil Barton’s work- A Deep Connection (Photo-Jody Kingzett)

Three people stand in front of a triptych depicting a red tree and its roots.

Phil Barton’s work- A Deep Connection (Photo-Jody Kingzett)

The Centre Cannot Hold

Lottie Bolster, Rowan Riley, Teresa Zerafa Byrne

‘The Centre Cannot Hold’ is a joint work produced by artists Lottie Bolster, Rowan Riley and Teresa Zerafa Byrne, in response to Professor Oliver Howe’s, talk on representations of mental illness, with focus on psychosis, in the popular press.

Composed of nine mixed media canvases, the piece uses metaphor to explore common threads between three seemingly disparate ‘conditions’: dementia, schizophrenia and effects of trauma. In doing so it calls the viewer to consider their assumptions around common categorisations: health vs illness, neurological vs psychological and different diagnostic labels.


A collection of 9 square artworks of varying sizes hanging on a white wall.

A Picture of Health pop up exhibition at Elephant West November 2019 (Work by Lottie Bolster, Rowan Riley, Teresa Zerafa Byrne : The Centre cannot hold -2019.)

Close up of an embroidered canvas.

A Picture of Health pop up exhibition at Elephant West November 2019 (Close up of work by Lottie Bolster: The Centre cannot hold -2019.)

Close up of an embroidered canvas with abstract shapes painted in bright colours

A Picture of Health pop up exhibition at Elephant West November 2019 (Close up ‘Remove’ by Teresa Zerafa Byrne: The Centre cannot hold -2019.)

Held in the Gaze: consists of three artworks – Heart, Dream-Catcher, Accuracy &Trust

Held in the Gaze, is a response to the phrase “A Picture of Health” by three artists for whom health and conversations about it are central to their practice. By investigation and art-making they seek to bring insights from current research in the medical field, that involve machine learning and link to the rich history of diverse ‘ways of knowing’. Under the theme of Big data and Artificial Intelligence, their anchor for a Picture of Health is how we are seen as patients and when computer representations of ourselves are central to a clinical consultation. 

Held in the Gaze consists of three pieces: Heart; Accuracy and Trust and Dream-Catcher Machine, exploring the medical and algorithmic gaze.

Heart is a robotic work simulating a heart beat. It examines whether medical diagnostic imaging tools truly represent our internal physiology.

Accuracy and Trust explores the tension between the need of greater data for accuracy, and our trust in the system collecting it.

Dream-Catcher Machine creates a space for participants to enter, with images gathered from the artists’ learning journey with doctoral student Jonny Jackson in the field of medical imaging and data science.

A wide paper banner with three sets of cartoons.

Held In The Gaze 2019-Lois Bentley, Riko Yasumiya, Rose Mengmei Zhou 5 Jonny Jackson

Held In The Gaze 2019- Lois Bentley, Riko Yasumiya, Rose Mengmei Zhou 5 Jonny Jackson

Emergent – Open Studio

On 3 December 2019 MA Art and Science held their annual Open Studio event, invited the public into the studio to engage with their emerging interdisciplinary practice through exhibitions, experiments, interactions and performances.

Here are some of the highlights…




Di Wingate’s studio space and work.

Sculpture that suspense a log by a log clawMariana Heilmann’s studio space and network experiment.

Marks made on Oscar Towe’s back through his performance work.


Colin Clark’s studio space and work.


Foreground:Richard Paton’s work. Background: Debi-Sara’s work.


Chenglu (Clitie)Bao’s work.


Phil Barton in front of his work.


Debi-Sara Wilkinson’s work


Debi-Sara Wilkinson’s work


Louise Crawford’s studio space and work.


Claire Mc Dermott’s studio work



Claire Mc Dermott’s studio work

The setting exhibition flyer

The Setting exhibition

The Setting

an exhibition by Claire Mc Dermott and Maria Ribeiro

The inspiration for this exhibition is rooted in Botany.  Both artists’ approach is unique to their own art practice, but they found connections within their artwork without conversing.  Sculpture and prints display the shapes within shapes that is the core of their inspiration.  

Setting up the exhibition


art work on the floor

Setting up the exhibition


Two guest looking closely at the artwork

Private View No.4

guest looking at artwork

The Private View 1

more guest arriving

Private View No.3


Various artworks against a backdrop of a giant machinery.

CERN travelling exhibition programme

Following the annual research study trip to CERN in January 2019, a series of international exhibits, sponsored by CERN across Europe, featured works by MA Art and Science artists. Andy Charalambous, a longtime CERN collaborator and Visiting Tutor on MA Art and Science, spearheaded the exhibitions in coordination with Michael Hoch of Art@CMS. This outreach initiative of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, has provided numerous opportunities for MA Art and Science students across the continent.
From May to November 2019, our artists joined colleagues from across Europe in a series of exhibits, including in Geneva, Switzerland, at CERN headquarters; in Ghent, Belgium, at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK); and in Sofia, Bulgaria, at the Sofia Tech Park.
Curated by MA Art and Science students, the exhibits provided exceptional opportunities for collaboration with scientists and fellow artists, exposure to broader arts communities in Europe, and the chance to build long-term relationships going forward.
Abstract brown poster with white words
Origin Poetics poster

Exhibition, CERN headquarters, July 2019. Hannah Brown’s work in foreground.

Exhibition space at KASK building in Ghent. Diane Wingate’s work in the foreground : Disregard # 3- 2019, Screen print on paper , 70 x 100cm.

Andy Charalambous’s work in foreground.

CSM Art & Science student and alumni exhibition at CERN during the Open Days event at the CMS experiment. Pictured in foreground, Mariana Heilmann’s work from her Energy Series – biro and acrylic on wooden panel.

Exhibition at Sophia. Yang Li’s work in foreground: Artificial Amber.
ORIGIN POETICS “Zwarte Zaal”,  Exhibition, KASK, Ghent, July 2019 (Lois Bentley’s triangular sculpture: Magnetic Resonance – triangulated sheet steel, collaged UV print, neodymium magnets.

MA Art and Science class of 2019 present… RIFT

MA Art and Science class of 2019 are in their final stages of the degree show preparation! RIFT will be open from 22 – 26 May.

RIFT is an interactive experience involving conceptual sciences, positive social change and sensory stimulation.

Produced by the interdisciplinary artists studying at Central Saint Martins, RIFT brings together 17 artists deriving from varied scientific disciplines including biodesign, parasitology, astronomy, anatomy, neuroscience and more. RIFT channels these concepts and theories through sculpture, performance, paintings and play. These interdisciplinary concepts will stimulate current thought and document the human experience through the course of the exhibition and events programme.

RIFT immerses the audience into cognitive realities during the week-long exhibition, paired with exclusive scheduled events and a performative symposium.


Becky Lyon, Bono, Ding Tianer, Hannah Pratt, Jasmine Jin Smith, Jylle Navarro, Joshua Bourke, Lois Bentley, Lottie Bolster, Maritina Keleri, Pod Hughes, Qian (Tracey) Zhang, Riko Yasumiya, Rose Mengmei Zhou, Sabrina Mumtaz Hasan, Sleepwalker, and Xingchen Liang.


22– 26 May 2019
Opening times | Wed to Fri 12-8pm | Sat to Sun 12-5pm

Location | K-Space, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA, United Kingdom


25th May 2019 

Sat 2-4pm 

FREE – book your place now here

There will be a range of work samples available to take home! 

This symposium will be running alongside the exhibition which is open to the public from 12 – 5 pm. Join the graduating students for an afternoon of Q&A’s, presentations, discussions and performance crossing terrains of art and science.

MA Interim Show

Held at Apiary Studios in March, MA Art & Science students collaborated with MA Fine Art and MA Photography and Contemporary Image to mount an exhibition by 92 artists spread over five rooms and two floors. Here is a taste of some of our work on show:

Raji Jagadeesan
Yang Li
Oscar Towe
Catherine Herbert
Clytie Belmer
Colin Clark
Hannah Brown
Maria Ribeiro


Promoting Colour 2019- Diane Wingate

Promoting Colour 2019- Diane Wingate

Invisible Symbionts 2019 – Mariana Heilmann

Invisible Symbionts 2019 – Mariana Heilmann






Overhead view of a trangle made with cord by tying it to a worh horse, balloon and a hook on the wall

front view of Claire's sculpture

Tri angle 2019 – by Claire Mc Dermott


A week of workshops

Tate Exchange: Come Together in a Time of Change 2019


Art is necessarily caught up in contemporary politics in many complex ways. Come Together invited the public to join forces, to ‘come together’ and consider how we might reflect on and tackle our current state of affairs.  Below are some of the workshops that the students and staff from the Art Programme at Central Saint Martins created for a series of events in three zones: talking together, making together and playing together. These will include practical workshops, lectures, reading groups, film screenings and performances among others. Join in a wide range of practical activities which explore the many ways in which making and politics might intertwine.

Fake News

lost of banners with the names of all the workshops for the week


everyone have a good time in this workshop

A performance work by Teresa Zerafa Byrne, Laura Madeley , Margaux Derhy, and Abigail Zerafa Byrne, that looked at the validity of news headlines and how history is written by those documenting it. Can we rely on what we read? We encouraged members of the public to take part in three activities based on game shows, and to generate their own randomised news headlines; each participant walked away with their own Fake News page.

News paper headline poster


Artists have always responded to the political climate in which they exist. Art can critique, reflect, support or challenge the powers that be. The experimental approaches that many artists deploy are to challenging established systems of authority. But in today’s volatile political landscape, the role of the artist is an increasingly dangerous one. Across the world, artists have been arrested as a result of the political nature of their creative output – Pussy Riot, Ai Weiwei and Tania Bruguera to name a few. In the UK, visas for international artists are becoming more and more difficult to secure. In schools, politics is challenging our creative faculties from the inside out, favouring STEM subjects over art and design


Art Crit 2019

Our group was made up of alumni / current students to discussed how important it was to have critiques within the framework of an art education.  Please click on the link below for the film of January 2019 and the film was published in July 2020. 

Rose taking to a group of peopleAbove image: Rose Leventon talking in the crit

Above image: Ana Catarina Pereira talking in the crit

Above image: Alexandra Harley talking in the crit

Above image: Claire Mc Dermott talking in the crit

Above image: Ana Catarina Pereira and a member of the public talking in the crit about his work

member of public talking in the crit

Above image: Member of the public talking with Rose Leventon on the right and Declan Slattery on the far left.

Big thanks from Claire to all the above artist who made this Art Crit 2019 happen.  Special thanks to Rose Leventon who started the ball rolling by agreeing to take part in this event.  Warm thanks to Ana Catarina Pereira and Wini Pritchett for the planing of the event and for the photographs taken by Alexandra Harley and Ana’s friend.  Graphic design, coordinator of the event and the fundraising was made by Claire Mc Dermott.   A great film that topped off the event with co edits by Wini Pritchett and produced by Declan Slattery.   



Macaws  08/06/2019

Offered the opportunity in January to run an activity at Tate Exchange under the theme of “Come Together” Phil Barton and Catherine Herbert worked together to raise awareness of habitat loss and the impact of humans on the natural world. The project explored the Sixth Great Extinction of species currently underway, the first to be caused by an Earth based species.

The new work nearing completion, beneath the original template

After discussion over the Christmas holidays, we settled on an approach which would invite participants to co-create a work with us by creating an artwork after Andy Warhol – bold colours & repetition.  Research brought us to Macaws, which I had seen in the Peruvian jungle when I visited to study fresh-water river dolphins in 2000 and to Brazil, where the recent swearing in of new President Jair Bolsonaro – who is committed to cutting down rainforest for agriculture – is causing huge concern.

Participants working on their tiles

So we worked on a macaw-based work which was displayed A0 size at the workshop and which we had cut up into 90 pieces.  We asked participants to vote on the relative importance of the democratic process which had led to Bolsonaro’s election and the inherent rights of Nature and indigenous peoples.  And we offered them the opportunity to interpret their piece of the work on a paper-covered tile four times its size.

Originally scheduled for three hours on Saturday 19th January, popular demand ensured a five hour stint.  95 people contributed to the re-made work which was finally finished!  The enthusiasm, concentration and talent of participants ranging in age from one to seventy was tremendous and we plan to extend the work at other venues, hoping to display the finished artwork in a public venue later this year.

Painting macaws at Tate Exchange. So popular we had to spread out onto the floor.

A totally engaging experience from start to finish, we were delighted with the result.  Oh, and the final vote? 42 for the democratic process and 91 for the rights on nature and indigenous people!

Phil Barton