IntroductionA report on a public engagement arts exhibition showcasing the work of Julia Thomas and Rhys Bevan-Jones during the ESRC Festival of Social Science.
Organised by the ESRC Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen) and the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (MRC CNGG), Translation: From Bench to Brain was a public engagement arts exhibition showcasing the work of Julia Thomas and Rhys Bevan-Jones.
The event, which ran from October 31st through to November 5th at BayArt as part of ESRC social science festival week, was designed as a space to create conversations between public groups and academics exploring developments in psychiatric genetics and their wider social and cultural ramifications.
Over the course of the week, 297 people attended events, which included a poetry workshop discussing the topic of Outliers (both statistical and societal), academic talks including Dr. Andrew Bartlett (Cesagen) on the social organisation of big biological science and Dr. Ian Jones (MRC CNGG) on mental health and creativity, artist walk-and- talks with Julia and Rhys, Medical Student talks, and an interactive workshop with Thornhill Primary School.
In addition, the exhibition was open free to the public throughout the week to view the artwork that included the pieces; Metaphors of the Mind, Depression, Social Anxiety, Big Science, the Human Blueprint, Personalised Medicine, Physiognomy and the Memory Palace.