As part of the Adventureland commission I was asked to carry out some public engagement. I have already introduced the amazing work that the patients from the Mitochondrial Research Centre produced in my blog post Tell Me your Story.
In addition to that I carried out workshop sessions with the children in Year 2 at Oakfield Infants School in Gateshead. This engagement gave new perspective the work that I have been carrying out.The sessions were full of creative activity and I couldn’t believe the amount and high quality of the work that the children produced.
The task I set them was to re-imagine my microscopy work, and turn them into something new. To prepare for the workshops I thought that I had better have a go at the task I was about to set the children. So I started by looking at my photographs and trying to see new creatures and objects within them. A butterfly, a beetle (that my son helped me create) and a hot air balloon were the first things that jumped out at me. The results of which you can see above.
As you will see from the images the children produced they had a wonderful, creative and imaginitive approach to the activity. Every image has its own personal and unique style.
Who would have thought that all of these sea creatures would emerge from microscopy photography!?
And the adventures of a skydiver floating through the air once his parachute had been deployed.
I love this very delicate butterfly fluttering away on a breeze, it is so subtle and a beautiful way of re-imagining my work.
The second task that was set for the children was to look at images of healthy and unhealthy Mitochondria. I produced these illustrative images which you will see in their original black and white form in my blog post What are Mitochondria?
And again I had to give the children an example of what they could create.
The results of the first task were similar to the second task in that every item produced has a unique difference to it. Each child produces work that is like a creative finger print. With their own little personalities shining through.
What is also so refreshing about working with young people is that they are not held back by whether or not they are creating something that is worthwhile. The results are free and unique and open my eyes to many differnt ways of approaching the same task.
One of the pieces of work below is a combination of microscopy photography and of the mitochondria illustration.
This commission was funded by NICAP (Newcastle Institute of Creative Practice and Engage FMS. More details about NICAP can be found here http://www.ncl.ac.uk/nicap/funding/ And it was supported by The Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research.