University of Leicester’s Artist-in-Residence Speaks at East Midlands Arts Awards

Posted by vm64 at May 05, 2011 10:10 AM |
Mariano Molina a guest speaker at prestigious art ceremony
University of Leicester’s Artist-in-Residence Speaks at East Midlands Arts Awards

Dr Ian Barr, Elizabeth Fothergill and guest speaker Mariano Molina

Issued by Integra Communications Ltd on 04 May 2011

University of Leicester’s Artist-in-Residence, Mariano Molina, was invited to speak at an awards ceremony last night at which art students from across the East Midlands came together for the culmination of the prestigious art competition ‘Where Art Meets Science’.

The Argentinean-born internationally-renowned fine artist was invited to share his experiences and give guests an insight into his work alongside Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Leicester. 

Now in its third year, the Healthcare and Bioscience iNet’s ‘Where Art Meets Science’ competition is designed to encourage East Midlands’ artists to collaborate with experts in the appropriate field of science and to deliver a piece of artwork that captures the public imagination in a positive way. A variety of art forms were received including illustrations, glass creations and textiles covering a range of topics including dementia, lung disease and herbal medicine. 

Thanks to funding from The Leverhulme Trust and a recent grant from The Arts and Humanities Research Council, Professor Quiroga was able to invite Mariano to work in his laboratory, studying the principles of visual perception from both an artistic and a scientific viewpoint.  The project will culminate in an ‘Arts & Science’ exhibition this Autumn showing a set of canvases to demonstrate the principles of visual perception, together with an explanation of each neuroscience principle used. 

Sponsored this year by leading Derbyshire healthcare company, Pennine Healthcare Ltd and the Healthcare and Bioscience iNet, the competition invited entries from all over the East Midlands.  

3rd Year Textile Design students, Henrietta Pointer and Rachelle Edwards, studying at Nottingham Trent University, and Poppy Iddon, a 3rd Year (BA Hons) Illustration student at the University of Lincoln were presented with their awards at last night’s ceremony which was held at BioCity Nottingham.

The winners received a unique memento in the form of a specially commissioned piece of glassware created by award-winning East Midlands’ artist, Ingrid Pears, as well as a cash prize of £250.00.  Guests were then treated to a tour of an exhibition showcasing all of the received entries.  

Dr Ian Barr, Director of the Healthcare and Bioscience iNet said: “We are delighted to have Mariano with us this evening.  His work with Professor Quiroga fits perfectly with the aim of the competition which brings together the fascinating worlds of art and science to stimulate creative thinking and new ideas which are the basis of innovation.”

The competition was judged by former biological scientist and now full-time artist, Linda Dearden, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at Nottingham Trent University, Dr Christian Thode, Managing Director of Pennine Healthcare, Elizabeth Fothergill and Dr Ian Barr.


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The competition is created by the Healthcare and Bioscience iNet, a project delivered by Medilink East Midlands. 

The Healthcare and Bioscience iNet helps people in the sector, particularly in East Midlands’ businesses and universities, to develop new technologies, processes, products and services in order to build a healthy economy. 

A key aim of iNet is to provide a sector-specific focus that enables organisations to exchange knowledge and form collaborations to exploit new ideas.

The Healthcare and Bioscience iNet is based at BioCity in Nottingham, a renowned life science industry centre of excellence but it covers the whole region.

Pennine Healthcare is a family owned business specialising in the manufacture of sterile products for anaesthetic, respiratory, gastroenterology, urology and surgical suction as well as an extensive range of Custom Procedure Packs.

Since its incorporation in 1963 the business has grown steadily, markets its products and services in over 50 countries worldwide and employs over 270 people at its purpose-built premises in Derby.  

Over the years Pennine's vision has never changed – it is committed to being a world-class, innovative manufacturer supplying the global healthcare market, and providing the very best in customer care.

Pennine Healthcare is a progressive, innovative company, pioneering the introduction of custom procedure packs into the UK in 1992.  By working closely with hospital staff Pennines' dedicated custom procedure pack development team have a detailed understanding of customers' requirements allowing them to provide bespoke solutions, cost effectively.

Consistently pursuing new opportunities and embracing innovative solutions the company, in conjunction with healthcare professionals, has helped to design and develop groundbreaking products for advanced patient care.

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