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Art and science – Connected strands

NUIG Art and Science

Art and science aren’t usually grouped together, however a series of free workshops organised by the outreach team from NUI Galway’s Department of Chemistry will show teenagers how the lines between the two are often blurred.

Hosted over three days in April and May for secondary school students between the ages of 14-18, the workshops will examine the scientific methods and principles used in art, including making fabric dyes and chemically synthesising painting pigments (as was done centuries ago).

The first workshop will take place this Saturday (April 30th) from 1.30 – 4.30 pm at the Chemistry Teaching Labs in the Arts/Science Building at NUI Galway. All of the materials are provided – students only have to bring with them something they’d like to tie dye.

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Several free talks will also take place at NUIG next month – two talks (beginning at 5pm and 5.30pm) on exploring science in art will be held on Friday May 6th at the Anderson Lecture Theatre, featuring NUIG’s own Dr Peter Crowley, and Kristine Rose Beers from the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.

The topic continues on Monday May 9th from 5.30pm to 6.30pm with a talk from Dr Spike Bucklow, Hamilton-Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge, on whether science can help you understand art better.

When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.