Earlier in the year, the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester opened a call to University staff and students to submit scientific images, which showcased the ground-breaking research conducted at the University.
Entries were shortlisted and the finished gallery has now been unveiled. The gallery aims to reflect that whilst some may see science and art as separate entities, both are used to understand and describe the world around us. The subjects and methods may have different traditions, but the motivations and goals are fundamentally the same.
The gallery which lines the perimeter of the NGI and can be seen from street level also includes a capsule collection of Random Walk– a unique portrait gallery which focuses on the 300 people working on graphene and related 2D materials working across a multitude of disciplines from physics, chemistry, materials science and biomedical science.
In addition the gallery includes pieces from the collection Hyper Realistic Bees, created by Manchester based artist Kelly Stanford. This collection of hand drawn bees bring attention to the diverse colours and forms of bees from around the world, serving as a reminder of the impact human actions have on the planet and the way this is affecting our bee populations.
The collection originated from Manchester’s Bee in the City project and also draws inspiration from Manchester’s history and association with the bee as well as serving a sombre symbol of unity after the Manchester Arena Attack in May 2017.