These stunning images, and the fascinating stories behind them, are the winners of the 2015 Research as Art competition, which will be on display in our Atrium from Monday 1 February until Wednesday 2 March 2016.
The competition celebrates the diversity and beauty of research at Swansea University – a top 30 research university – and the creativity and impact of its researchers.Research as Art is the only competition of its kind, open to researchers from all subjects, and with an emphasis on telling the research story, as well as composing a striking image. The judging panel was made up of senior figures from NewScientist.com, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, Art Across the City as well as the Royal Institution's Prof Gail Cardew, who said: ‘As one of the judges for the Research as Art competition, I felt that more people should be given the opportunity to have a peek at them. Not only are some of the images simply stunning, but the beauty also lies in the fact that they are combined with a narrative that explains the work and puts it into context.The result is a collection of images that have wide appeal beyond the usual scientific circle. Visitors to the Ri over the coming month certainly have a treat in store.’
The overall winner is Dr Sparky Booker from the College of Arts and Humanities, with her entry 'Rising from the Page', illustrating the challenges of her research on women and justice during the Middle Ages.
Competition founder Dr Richard Johnston, senior lecturer in materials science at Swansea University, said: “Research as Art is an opportunity for researchers to reveal their personal story, their humanity, their inspiration, and emotion. It can also be a way of presenting their research process, and what it means to be a researcher; fostering dialogue, and dissolving barriers between universities and the wider world.”
The exhibition is free and open to all. To see more images, please visit the Research as Art Flickr page.