Science Gallery London is a new space, focused on 15–25 year olds, where art and science collide. A flagship project for Culture at King’s College London, it will engage over 300,000 visitors per year in cutting edge research in science, the arts and design, bringing together researchers, students, local communities and artists in new and innovative ways to stimulate fresh thinking.
Science Gallery London will open its doors in 2017. As we count down to the opening we are running a series of experimental, pre-opening seasons with performances, events and activities in and around the King’s College London Guy’s Campus. By offering researchers, academics, young people and the local communities new ways to explore ideas through collaborations with artists and designers, Science Gallery London will drive innovation and public engagement with science. And by creating a live research space for academics at King’s to further their ideas and exposing them to unexpected and surprising input from the public, it will enhance research and teaching at the College. At Science Gallery Dublin, for example, a simulated epidemic in the Gallery, which saw visitors given special lanyards that could transmit digital infections, led to a new approach to mapping potential infection pathways in hospitals and the development of a new hand-washing technology.
In 2008, a car park in a forgotten corner of Dublin was transformed into a living experiment that would bridge art and science, unleashing their combined creative potential. Through a cutting-edge programme that ignites creativity and discovery where science and art collide, Science Gallery Dublin encourages young people to learn through their interests. Since opening in 2008, over 1.9 million visitors to the gallery have experienced 34 unique exhibitions — ranging from living art experiments to materials science and from the future of the human race to the future of play. Science Gallery Dublin develops an ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events fuelled by the expertise of scientists, researchers, students, artists, designers, inventors, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs. The focus is on providing programmes and experiences that allow visitors to participate and facilitate social connections, always providing an element of surprise. Science Gallery Dublin is kindly supported by the Wellcome Trust as founding partner, and by ‘Science Circle’ members – Deloitte, ESB, Google, ICON, NTR Foundation, and Pfizer. Science Gallery Dublin receives support from financial partner Bank of Ireland, Intel Ireland as education partner and programme partner The Marker Hotel. It also receives government support from the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht and Science Foundation Ireland, and from the European Seventh Framework Programme. Science Gallery Dublin’s media partner is The Irish Times. For more information visit: dublin.sciencegallery.com