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Monday, 23 July 2018 - 2:00pm
Kira O'Reilly

When we begin to interact with spaces in ways that depart from convention, there are revelations both about those spaces/places, the bodies that are moving in, through and with them.

Monday, 23 July 2018 - 12:30pm
Kira O'Reilly, Clara Usitti, Ker Wallwork

A sharing of practice by artists Kira O’Reilly, Clara Ursitti and Ker Wallwork followed by an open discussion.

This event is part of the project "Doing Science in a Gendered World"; an event, workshop and exhibition (Feb-April 2019) organised by LifeSpace and School of Life Sciences Athena SWAN.

How might we trouble the ways we are accustomed to ‘see’ or ‘position’ gender in bodies? When might the infrastructure of an organisation create a gendered experience? Where can we find the ‘in between’ spaces that create more complex and truer understandings of gender and how people experience it differently? Does our behaviour assume something of another person because of their gender? When do we perform so-called masculinity or femininity in order to move forward in a situation.

Thursday, 14 June 2018 - 5:00pm

Please join us in celebrating the opening of our exhibition A Working Model of the World in LifeSpace. 

We will be hosting a tour of the exhibition with the curators at 5pm. 


Light refreshments will be available during the event. All welcome.

If you plan to attend and have any access requirements, please email in advance of your visit. 

More info on the exhibition can be found here:

Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 5:00pm
Helen Storey, Kate Storey, Sarah Cook

Please join us for the Preview & Exhibition tour of Neurogenesis: from neuron birth to all that we are


Friday, 2 February 2018 - 11:00am
Artists Charles Robert Harrison and Charlie Murphy. Scientists Dr. Esther Sammler (MRC PPU + Ninewells Hospital) and Prof. Brian Day (UCL)

A sharing of current research with artists Charlie Murphy and Charles Robert Harrison and scientists Dr. Esther Sammler (MRC PPU and Ninewells Hospital) and Prof. Brian Day (UCL).

This event is programmed as part of the Trajectories exhibition at LifeSpace. Trajectories is a collaboration with the Created out of Mind research group based in The Hub at Wellcome Collection London, that aims to explore, challenge and shape perceptions and understandings of dementias through science and the creative arts.

Sunday, 5 November 2017 - 2:30pm
Dr Rastko Sknepnek (physicist) and Susanne Boersma (curator)

Please join us at Dundee Science Centre this Sunday 5 November at 2.30pm for a Q&A with Dr Rastko Sknepnek and Susanne Boersma. This event is programmed as part of the exhibition A diagram of forces and Dundee Science Festival.

Computational physicist Rastko Sknepnek and curator Susanne Boersma will talk about A diagram of forces, an outdoor exhibition currently at Dundee's School of Life Sciences, and its relation to D'Arcy Thompson's On Growth and Form. Providing routes into understanding the different images, the participants will discuss the work and research that led to artistic and scientific outcomes. 

Come to the auditorium inside the Dundee Science Centre for this Q&A, where scientist and curator will present different insights in the exhibition and discuss possibilities for collaborations between art and science. All welcome. 

Sunday, 15 October 2017 - 3:00pm
Andy Lomas

Please join us at LifeSpace this Sunday 15 October at 3pm for an Artist Talk with Andy Lomas as part of our current exhibition bubble, bulge, bleb. 

Andy has long been fascinated by D’Arcy Thompson’s work and the influence of his book On Growth and Form. For his works included in our exhibition bubble, bulge, bleb, Andy has focussed his attention on the production of animations and objects that exhibit properties of growth within software systems he writes himself. There are many parallels between Andy's software and the generative modelling systems used by scientists including Dr. Rastko Sknepnek here at University of Dundee. 

Come on Sunday to this public talk and discover more about the development of his art works and influences on his practice. All welcome.

This event coincides with the D'Arcy Thompson On Growth & Form Centenary Conference from 13-15 October 2017 at University of Dundee.


Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 10:00am

Celebrating the centenary of D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form, the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, presents an outside exhibition with works by artist Andy Lomas inspired by their shared view on the “perfection of mathematical beauty”. Lomas’ works are the result of an exploration of natural processes of growth; these generative forms relate closely to the research carried out at the School of Life Sciences.

This exhibition reveals how the simulated structures resonate with today’s research in biology, physics and chemistry. These “spheres of action” visualise growth, much like the active particles that can be seen in the renders by Dr Rastko Sknepnek. In this project, Sknepnek was asked to comment on what the forms of Lomas’ works might convey. Thoughts from Sknepnek and D’Arcy Thompson are combined to show the interaction between forces in science as well in as art.

Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 5:00pm
LifeSpace Curator Sarah Cook, Museum Services Curator Matthew Jarron, artist Andy Lomas, artist Mat Fleming, scientist Rastko Sknepnek

Please join us for the Preview and Exhibition Tour of bubble, bulge, bleb

As part of a year-long programme celebrating the centenary of D’Arcy Thompson’s extraordinary book On Growth & Form (1917), LifeSpace present an exhibition of spirals, spheres and waves in art inspired by naturally occurring mathematical forms and computer-generated abstractions.

Drawn from the University of Dundee’s collections, the exhibition features mathematical models of complex biological systems alongside work by artists including Mat Fleming, Andy Lomas, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Daniel Brown, Victor Pasmore and graduates from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

bubble, bulge, bleb continues with artworks by Daniel Brown and Andy Lomas in Centrespace which is located in DJCAD's Visual Research Centre on the lower levels of Dundee Contemporary Arts. The exhibition in Centrespace runs from 22 September - 28 October 2017.

Monday, 26 June 2017 - 5:00pm

Please join us at the Preview event for our new exhibition Beyond Skin. During the preview we will host a tour with the participating artists, scientists and curators. All welcome.

Beyond Skin is an exhibition of contemporary art that explores the life and science behind atopic eczema, considering the challenging symptoms that people live with every day and the investigations into the unseen and human side of skin genetic research.

Featuring interactive and reflective works of art for all ages by artists Gordon Douglas, Trevor Gordon, Beverley Hood and Josie Vallely, and presented with objects from the collections of the University of Dundee. The exhibition draws on participatory workshops with Eczema Outreach Scotland and current research taking place in the laboratory led by Prof Sara Brown at the University of Dundee’s School of Medicine.

The exhibition continues until 2 September.