Leeds Creative Labs: Biological Sciences Edition
13 November 2017 - 22 January 2018

Through our current edition, we are matching biological sciences researchers with artists, to spend time together to talk and explore, with no brief other than to see what happens; an unexpected, playful liaison over three flexible days that allows partners to breathe and think freely.

Dr Lou Harvey, Lecturer in Language Education, has recently been awarded a Public Engagement with Research Award for her work with performing arts organisation Cap-a-Pie, following a successful collaboration through Leeds Creative Labs.

Lou said: "This experience was absolutely fundamental in changing the way I thought about research, collaboration, practice and the co-production of knowledge."

"Leeds Creative Labs has opened up theoretical possibilities and research directions I could not have anticipated."

Dr Lou Harvey, Leeds Creative Labs academic collaborator

Applications now open

Academics and postdoctoral researchers from the Faculty of Biological Sciences are invited to apply now to Leeds Creative Labs: Biological Sciences Edition, which offers academics time to explore new collaborations to demonstrate the relevance of the arts, showcase research and develop research impact.

Please get in touch if you are:

  • Ambitious and curious to connect with artists to see where it might lead.
  • Keen to share experience and inspirations.
  • Curious to find out how the liaison might influence what you do and how you do it.

We will match academics or academic teams with one of five artists and arts organisations:

  • Rationale Theatre Company explores and stretches the boundaries of the human condition, creating hip-hop theatre that is accessible to all by investigating the positive effects of hiphop dance on physical and mental wellbeing. 
  • Amy Evans, an illustrator whose work is vibrant, full of character, and always grounded in the natural world, whether that is using natural shapes or referencing animals/plants.
  • Fused Imagination, a theatre company that creates mid-scale, immersive spectacles, theatrical interventions and happenings in found and non-theatrical spaces. 
  • Alison Smith uses experimental craft processes to create sculptural light installations using recycled materials. Her recent pieces are all inspired by nature, and create juxtaposition between the synthetic and the natural. 
  • Clare Fisher is a writer of voice-driven contemporary fiction which seeks to inhabit challenging spaces, be they physical, social, or psychological.

To apply, please complete the short application form.

Successful applicants will be matched by the Leeds Creative Labs team comprising representatives from the Cultural Institute and Opera North, through our DARE partnership. Partners will spend at least three days together, before sharing their experience and ideas for the future with fellow participants.

There is not a defined expectation of output, but ideas for the creation of new work, activity and material will be considered for development and funding as part of a potential stage two programme.

Key dates

  • 27 September 2017: "When Science Meets Art" panel discussion and launch of Leeds Creative Labs for researchers
  • 23 October 2017: Academic application deadline
  • 30 October 2017: Collaborations announced 
  • 13 November 2017: Launch event*
  • 13 November 2017- 15 January 2018: Leeds Creative Lab: Biological Sciences Edition collaboration period
  • 22 January 2018: Share event *

*It is expected that all partners will participate in these events

For further information about Leeds Creative Labs, please email culturalinstitute@leeds.ac.uk