Neuroscience-Craft Collaboration

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Jan 1

Call for expressions of interest

The Mantioba Craft Council and the Winnipeg Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience are partnering on an innovative pilot project that will match 3-5 craft artists with neuroscience researchers to create works inspired by the brain.

The Winnipeg Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience is a non-profit organization that represents neuroscientists working in Winnipeg.  Their mission is, in part, to increase neuroscience awareness in the community.  Their members work on a wide variety of topics and themes that may be of interest to makers: sensory perception, diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or multiple sclerosis, mental illness, spinal cord injury, or even just the unique functions and beauty of the brain when seen through a microscope.

While pairing neuroscience and art/craft may seem unusual, there have been several such partnerships over the last several years including ones at the links below:

The intersection of Art and Science:  Artists Display Neuroscience Art
http://www.sfn.org/News-and-Calendar/News-and-Calendar/News/Spotlight/2013/Art-of-Neuroscience

Art and Science Collaborations
http://www.asci.org/index2.php?artikel=1184

Craft artists will be matched with a neuroscience researcher based on compatibility of interests.  Each pairing will be responsible to arrange meeting times and work out the details of their collaboration.  Ideally, some of the early resulting works will be displayed at the U of M’s Bannatyne campus during their annual celebration of Brain Awareness Week which will be held March 9-15, 2015.  The artists would retain ownership of their works, and would be free to display them elsewhere or sell them as they see fit.

To apply, please provide the following:
1. CV and artist statement. (3 page max, combined)
2. 3-5 digital images of your recent work.
3. A short letter outlining why you are interested in participating in this project

Expressions of interest can be sent to submissions@manitobacraft.ca, with “Neuroscience-your name” in the subject line.

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