Art of science at NETPark

 NETPark is proving that science is an art, with the unveiling of new work created by local artists.

 The North East Technology Park (NETPark) is now displaying the work of three artists from across the region in its Incubator unit, which is home to a host of growing science businesses. 

 The displays, which will remain on site for six months, were unveiled  on Thursday, March, 3, at an event opened by Sir Arnold Wolfendale FRS, emeritus professor in the Department of Physics at Durham University.  The artwork, by Bridget Kennedy, Steve Sproates and Janet Rogers, has been designed to link to science, as well as enhancing the Incubator with eye-catching displays.  The artists’ work was chosen by NETPark tenants.

 Catherine Johns, director of innovation at County Durham Development Company (CDDC), which manages NETPark on behalf of Durham County Council, said: “NETPark is already home to a number of innovative science businesses that are creating exciting new technology.

 “To have the work of equally talented artists on display is a great way of creating an inspiring environment, as well as showcasing the skills and talent we have in this part of the country.”

 Sir Arnold, who has long been interested in the crossover between science and art, said: “Art has a very important role to play in the development of science.  It gives a different view, a different perspective.

 “People are only just beginning to realise the interplay between art and science, and I think it is very significant and interesting.  And there can be nowhere better to showcase the interplay than here at NETPark.”  

 Janet Rogers is one of the artists whose work is being displayed at the site.  The self-taught glass maker, developed pieces from fused glass, designed to look like circuit boards and stem cells. 

 The Durham-based artist, who has her own business, Crushed Chilli, selling her work, said: “I wanted the pieces to link to science, so each has been developed especially for NETPark, with work that is designed to look like scientific tools and components.  I am delighted to have my work on display here at NETPark.”

 Another artist whose work is on display at NETPark is Bridget Kennedy.  She said: “When I start a piece work, I begin by creating a set of rules and that becomes a system that I follow through until I have developed a final piece.”

 Steve Sproates, who is sponsored by Sir Arnold, has created conceptual art pieces that are designed to represent scientific theories. 

 He said: “I am interested in science and mysticism.  I use art to represent our knowledge and to make philosophical statements about the world, where we came from and the universe.”

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