Here at Science World, we are proud to work with local artists who are interested in and inspired by science. Our art displays showcase different works of art within our false creek facility. Recent displays have included art work by Peter Holmes, Sharon Kallis, Michael Hall, Chris Waind and a group of art students from Emily Carr University. We also host an annual display of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Contest winners.
On Display April 4–May 13
Andrew Wright travelled from the oil sands of Alberta to the Coast of British Columbia along the route of the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline, documenting the natural ecosystems and people he met along the way. This stunning collection of photographs, set against a map of the pipeline, invites the viewer to consider what is to be valued in a modern Canada that is built upon resource extraction and energy production in a world of diminishing biodiversity and climate change.
To attend the opening reception on April 10, please reserve tickets below.
On Display April 5–May 13
Stories are everywhere: balancing on the limbs of trees, emerging from the dark recesses of alleyways, appearing like a mirage out of the summer heat. On the Spot: Instant Stories is a group exhibition that brings these stories to light. Instant film connects them, but the stories are as varied as the artists who tell them. These stories can give you a sense of other worldliness, or maybe nostalgia, or a feeling that the world is a brighter place. The exhibition features images made on all types of instant film and explores the science behind instant photography.
Presented by Beau Photo:
Project Impossible v5.0 On the Spot: Instant Stories is part of the Capture Photography Festival:
Drs James Till and Ernest McCulloch were two Canadian scientists who pioneered the field of stem cell research with the discovery of a method to detect cells able to restore blood production in transplanted irradiated mice. This finding prompted the later identification of cells able to regenerate other tissues, including skin, muscle and brain. This has led to advances in research and treatment of cancer.
The bronze sculptures of Drs Till and McCulloch created by artist Ruth Abernethy, installed outside our entrance were a gift to Science World from STEMCELL Technologies Inc. to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the discovery of stem cells, a field of scientific study that is distinctly Canadian in origin. As a charitable organization, Science World values donations from the community to help promote science literacy across the province.
Till and McCulloch represent a proud moment in Canadian scientific history. These sculptures recognize Canadians as the forerunners of stem cell research. Their scientific research has been embraced and continues to be developed by researchers all over the world, such as the research by Dr Connie Eaves, of the BC Cancer Research Centre, who worked with Dr Till.
The bronze sculpture installation is also the perfect opportunity to initiate important dialogue about diversity in the scientific community and celebrate the proud moments of all Canadians. Young scientists from diverse backgrounds can engage with the piece on the three “empty” stools. Such an act can celebrate the past, challenge the present and look towards a brighter future. Till and McCulloch's pioneering stem cell research, and many other types of important scientific research, inspires scientists of diverse genders, ethnicities and experiences all over the world to use these discoveries to understand and conquer many human diseases that affect us all.