New project explores art and DNA at Leicester

Leicester-based artists Ruth Singer and Gillian McFarland have begun working with Dr Turi King, Reader in Genetics and Archaeology, on a project which explores creative and visual responses to DNA research.

The artists will be immersing themselves within our Department of Genetics spending time with Dr King and a number of researchers in the field of genetics to create new artwork inspired by the ideas, processes and conversations with academics.

Ruth and Gillian have a studio space within the Department to use as a base between research visits and observation in labs. The project includes sessions with two local secondary schools who will contribute to an exhibition later in 2017. They will be running regular workshops for academics and students to creatively engage with their work and contribute to the exhibition.

There will also be a touring display, film and a publication about the project over the summer and autumn, as well as events and activities for staff, students and members of the public.

The project is funded by Arts Council England and the University of Leicester with additional support from Dr Turi King and the De Montfort University Fine Art Photography Research Group.

Listen to BBC's Inside Science as presenter Adam Rutherford talks to Turi King, Ruth Singer and Gillian McFarland about the project: