Art + Neuroscience = Art Neuro

This weekend I attended Art Neuro, a four day extravaganza exploring the overlap between art and neuroscience. As you’ve already seen, the crossover between art and science is one of my favourite topics, and I was looking forward to spending an afternoon immersed in it. The Saturday session began with a brief – and incredibly colourful – introduction to the evolution of the brain in both animals and humans. We learnt about the structure of brains and neurons, and got fired up for the screen printing session we’d take part in later on.

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Before dipping into the screen printing, we grabbed a drink and explored the Exhibition. Pairs of artists and scientists explored a variety of topics, from aging and dementia, to brain tumours, what it’s like to be a scientist, and the beauty of brain cells under the microscope.

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Finally, we all got to try our hand at screen printing, under the guidance of textile designer Zeena Shah. Zeena showed us how to print (sort of) like pros, and we all came away with crisply printed brainy tote bags and cushion covers…as well as a sense of accomplishment.

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All in all, it was a thought-provoking afternoon of creativity and discovery. I’m looking forward to the next Art Neuro event.

Cake & Canvas: Thefty at Bea’s of Bloomsbury

Sweet news! A handful of my paintings have been installed at Bea’s of Bloomsbury, the cult London cake shop. If you haven’t visited Bea’s before, you now have a double excuse to go!

My paintings will be up for the next month, so head over and take a peek while nibbling on some cheesecake, a huge meringue, or a duffin (doughnut + muffin!). I’m doubly excited to be a part of Bea’s because, apart from a reputation for making super-delicious treats (which you know I love), Bea’s has been commended for it’s gorgeous interior design.

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Good cake + good design = the ultimate sweet spot in the universe.

Thanks for having me, Bea’s!

Bea’s of Bloomsbury
44 Theobald’s Road
London
WC1X 8NW
(Near Holborn Station)

Random Project 2012: Exhibition at Rich Mix

Hello! I made some postcards for the Random Project a few months ago, and I’m excited to announce that they will be exhibited!

The entire gallery space will be filled with handmade postcards, and the public (yes, you!) are invited to join in with postcard-making sessions. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun, and I can’t wait!

Random Project Exhibition // Rich Mix (Lower Cafe Gallery) // August 2nd-19th // FREE

I hope to see you there tomorrow night!

(Please visit the Random Project Website for all the exhibition details.)

Send Me A Postcard, Darling.

Hello! I’m exhibiting a few pieces of my work and I’m very excited!

The show, called ‘Send Me A Postcard Darling‘,  “is an exhibition of photographers, painters, illustrators and textile artists working within the size restrictions of the postcard. All manner of styles and media will be on display – the only common ground will be their size.”

/ SEND ME A POSTCARD, DARLING /

/ 22–28 October / Red Gate Gallery /

Click here for all details concerning dates, location and opening hours.

ART IN MIND – An exhibition

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am thrilled to announce that I will be exhibiting my artwork in London, for the first time.

The show, called ‘Art In Mind’, features the work of a Number of up-and-coming artists. If you live in London you should definitely come and take a look!

Brick Lane Gallery / July 1-12 2010 / Opening hours 1-6pm daily