“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Albert Einstein
This Einstein quote (while often over-used) still brilliantly illustrates the importance of using the gifts of our creativity, inventiveness and ingenuity to understand and dream against the world! Humans love to categorise, demarcate and delineate but historically, science and art have not been defined as separate entities - everyone was a polymath until the 1820’s. Each discipline covers such far-reaching curiosities we think scientists and artists should be united in their creative quest to make new discoveries, and share them as widely as possible.
The arts have also always been at the forefront of adopting new technologies, wrestling with how we comprehend humanity and interact with the world, so it seems only natural that this creative exploration should be entwined with real science and scientific discoveries. We’re interested in how science can be better communicated and understood by diverse audiences through art, and are endlessly inspired by how art helps us get to grips with changing the technological, scientific and cultural landscape.
Whilst we curate and produce our own projects we’re also committed to supporting and profiling science/art collaborations in the UK. We’ve produced a range projects and have shared below some tips about what we’ve found works, the potential pitfalls and a few thoughts on what could be done to help further such collaborations below.
Read the full blog post on the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement's website