An Artwork for Pharmacology
The Department of Pharmacology is seeking support to fund the creation and installation of a new bespoke artwork in its atrium to symbolise the foundations of drug discovery and to celebrate the cutting-edge research being carried out in the Department
Who are we?
The Department of Pharmacology is one of the pre-clinical science departments that form part of the University of Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division and is focused on basic life sciences research, undergraduate teaching for medicine and biomedical sciences students and the training and development of graduate students. The Department is at the forefront of research into the effects of drugs and other molecules on biological systems with a view to understanding the mechanisms of the human body. Pre-clinical research in the Department aims to examine cellular and molecular pathways in living systems as the first step towards a greater understanding of disease and effective treatment.
What are we doing?
As part of a wider project, working with our artist-in-residence, Patrice Moor, the Department aims to create and install a bespoke artwork in the Pharmacology atrium that bridges the divide between the arts and science and presents the work of the Department to a wide audience of staff, students and visitors in a unique and inspiring way.
Why are we doing it?
The Pharmacology atrium has a high footfall of visitors and members of the Department, going about their daily research and attending meetings and lectures. The space acts as a hub for the Department, with access to lecture spaces and meeting rooms often filled with the next generation of Oxford graduates. The development of this tailor-made artwork will present a fusion of the cutting-edge research being carried out in Pharmacology along with the traditional roots of drug discovery via plants and the natural environment. Through consultation and discussion with Patrice, members of the department have been able to explore a new dimension to their work and consider new ways of presenting images of their research.
Patrice Moor is currently the artist-in-residence in the Department of Pharmacology at Oxford. She has previously worked with Lincoln and Somerville Colleges in Oxford as well as the Oxford University Botanic Gardens. She has also presented numerous exhibitions in both Oxford and London. A selection of her work can be found here: http://www.patricemoor.co.uk
The installation will feature over 50 different hand-painted canvases arranged in a cascade down the atrium of the Department of Pharmacology, visible from all levels of the Department. The artwork will feature a symbiosis of the foundations of drug discovery through plants and the natural world with a modern interpretation of the images of cells and other systems collected by researchers and students through the microscopes used in the Department. A muted and calm colour palette, inspired by the natural world and designed to fit in with the asthetics of the Pharmacology building, will connect the images as one integrated piece with a central theme.
How can you help?
The Department is seeking donations from sponsors, alumni and interested parties who wish to support the development of this project, at the boundaries of art and science.
A total of £35,000 is needed to fund the creation of the individual canvases, including Patrice's time and all materials, plus the installation of the completed piece.
If you are able to help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 281123.