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Storytelling Science: Free online art, science and storytelling workshops | 19/20 February 2021

19/20 February 2021

Storytelling Science: 

Creative online workshops for 13-17-year-olds exploring the science of our immune systems + Shigella bacterial infection through game-making and socially engaging games.


drawings of bacteria and people pulling faces

Chit Chat & Catch: Shigella is around!

19 / 20 February 


FREE EVENT: book here for Chit Chat & Catch


How can you cage bacteria? How do bacteria escape? How do cells talk to each other?

In this interactive workshop we will explore the fascinating science of the human immune system and Shigella bacteria through a creative role-playing game of deception, secret language and storytelling, looking at how cells and other important characters in our body defend against infection. 

Score points and guess which players are the invading bacteria before it’s too late…


drawings of bacteria and hands making

Ready Shigella Go!

19 / 20 February 


FREE EVENT: book here Ready Shigella Go!


How do tiny, blob shaped bacteria make us so sick? Are they truly evil… or just trying to stay alive? Do our bodies have bouncers to try and keep them out? 

We’ll be exploring the unseen tale of good versus evil that takes place in our bodies on a daily basis, and through hands-on game making, try to hear out both sides of the story. If the bad guys manage to storm our body’s barricades, how does our immune system kick into gear and fend them off? If you’re the bacteria… how can you ensure you outsmart the immune system?

In this workshop we’ll up-cycle everyday materials to design and make tabletop games, and play out the battle between the deadly Shigella bacteria and the human immune system.


The Storytelling Science workshops are designed for young people (aged 13-17) with an interest in art and/or science, seeking interesting experiences and unusual portfolio material. All participants will learn hands on creative techniques and generate visual stories using a range of skills. The workshops combine art, science and storytelling to better understand bacterial infection and are designed to merge digital and hands-on creative activities in a safe online space – devised and delivered by students from Central Saint Martins studying MA Art and Science, MA Graphic Communication Design and MA Character Animation.

Storytelling Science is inspired by the work of the Mostowy Lab at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, a scientific research group studying the highly contagious and often deadly Shigella bacteria. The project aims to share insights and stories from the scientific research of the Mostowy Lab to engage and excite audiences about a range of topics including trained innate immunity and science citizenship through creative workshops. 

Supported by a Wellcome Trust Research Enrichment Grant and by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Storytelling Science is being run with Central Saint Martins, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Volda University College, part of a larger project produced by Animate Projects and Samantha Moore. 


MA Art & Science student, Mellissa Fisher, shows new bacterial portrait at Eden Project’s ‘Invisible You’ exhibition

MA Art & Science student, Mellissa Fisher, has undertaken a commission for Eden Project’s exciting new microbiome exhibition, which opens today.

The Eden Project are well known for nurturing and displaying ecosystems, but now they’re taking a closer look at the invisible ecosystem within the human body; the ‘microbiome’.

Whether it’s bacteria in your gut to help you digest food, or microbes on your skin to keep it soft and fill the cracks to prevent disease, microscopic life is found everywhere in and on our bodies. In fact, human cells are outnumbered 10:1 by bacteria inside our body. But scientists are only just beginning to understand how these organisms – which have evolved with us over time – can affect all sorts of things, from our weight to our mood to our susceptibility to autism.

Supported by the Wellcome Trust, Eden invited a handful of talented artists to help bring this invisible world to life. Many of them collaborating with scientists, the artists created an amazing collection of artwork, installations and interactive pieces – ranging from a sound piece based on DNA, to sculptures and textiles exploring the patterns of bacteria, to a series of portraits depicting the bacteria within our belly buttons.

The exhibition puts everything from pregnancy and faeces to guts and antibiotics under the microscope. You’ll never look at your body in quite the same way again…

Mellissa created ‘Microbial Me’, a microbiological portrait, developed in collaboration with Dr Richard Harvey and Dr Mark Clements.

For more info about the project visit the Eden Project Invisible You website.

Watch Mellissa talking about the project.

Visit Mellissa’s website.