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About LifeSpace

LifeSpace is Scotland’s first dedicated art-science research gallery. The gallery opened on October 3rd 2014 and is located within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee.

Our mission at LifeSpace is to engage artists and scientists in exciting new collaborations. We aim to foster long-term cross-disciplinary activity. We believe this will provide these communities and the public with greater insight into life sciences research.

This research-driven gallery space is curated as a collaborative partnership. It is led researchers from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and the School of Life Sciences. LifeSpace enables an exciting opportunity for interdisciplinary art and science interactions. We also provide a location for curatorial exchange between staff, students and the general public.

While our physical gallery space has been closed over the Covid pandemic, we remain busy online. Find out more about our online work with Emily Fong and WCAIR here.



Dr. Sarah Cook curated the exhibitions and commissions in LifeSpace from its opening until February 2019. Cicely Farrer provided curatorial assistance from 2017-2019. She took on the role of Curatorial Officer between September 2018 and February 2019.

Between 2014 and 2019, we hosted 17 exhibitions. These included new commissions, touring exhibitions and works created by interdisciplinary residencies. The original steering group included:

  • Professor Stephen Partridge
  • Professor Elaine Shemilt
  • Professor Kate Storey

The programme fostered relations with other cultural organisations in Dundee and beyond. Among these were:

  • Animate Projects
  • ASCUS Art and Science
  • Dundee Science Centre
  • NEoN Digital Arts
  • Athena SWAN
  • The Hub at Wellcome

LifeSpace also hosted student placements and professional development opportunities for artists and curators. We ran these in collaboration with University of Dundee Museum Services and DJCAD.

From February-August 2019, LifeSpace worked with Holly Yeoman as curator and project manager. She worked with Ali Floyd of the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research. Together, they realised WCAIR's show in summer 2019. Since that time, the gallery has been run by a team from SLS and DJCAD.