Today I popped over to the Royal United Hospital in Bath to see my Cell Painting in the Sci-Art Exhibition just in time for the dismantling. I thought the quality of the work was very good, some beautiful pictures of things that looked ‘scientific’; pictures of things that one might think would be investigated by a scientist. The exhibition was organised by the Bristol and Bath branch of the British Science Association. I asked the curator whether much work had been sold, and he told me that the exhibition was not really that well received by the hospital patients or visitors. “Eugh, that looks a bit weird,” he said, mimicking a typical reaction. So how can you use art to engage the public with science if the hint of something scientific makes them turn away because, as they say, they don’t understand Science.
You have to find a hook.