Monday 19 December 2016

Public engagement: highlights of recent exhibition – Inside Skin

In September 2016, Professor Muzlifah Haniffa hosted a public engagement exhibition, entitled Inside Skin: Conversations between Art and Science.

The public engagement work, which was featured at The Great North Museum: Hancock, was a collaboration between the museum and Newcastle University, and it attempted to demonstrate how artists could respond to complex scientific research, without attempting to explain or over-simplify the work.

Professor Muzlifah Haniffa’s research focuses on understanding the functional heterogeneity of human mononuclear phagocytes, a family of white blood cells which initiate and regulate immune responses.

The five writers and artists involved in the project (Linda France, Ahren Warner, Tom Schofield, Ben Freeth and Kate Sweeney), got the chance to feature new work to the audiences as part of this exciting public engagement exhibition, funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The installations were a response to the research of Professor Haniffa, NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre Theme Lead for the ‘Skin and Oral’ theme and Professor of Dermatology and Immunology, Newcastle University.

If you missed the exhibition, the video can give you a great overview of Professor Haniffa’s work and how this used art to translate complex ideas into engaging pieces for all audiences.