Media ReleaseFrom: Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)
The winners of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute’s Art of Science competition are revealed as Australian medical researchers tackle some of the biggest challenges facing global health.
The announcement comes just ahead of the Art of Science exhibition opening on 10 August 2018 at Melbourne's Federation Square in celebration of National Science Week.
Showcasing the finalists of the Art of Science competition, the exhibition is a 'backstage pass' into the vast and complex research areas of cancer, infectious diseases and immune disorders.
Director of the Institute, Professor Doug Hilton said Art of Science provided the public with a compelling insight into how medical researchers worked to better understand, prevent and treat disease.
“The images and videos in the Art of Science exhibition provide magnificent insight into the challenges our biomedical researchers are working to address – whether that’s stopping aggressive cancers from spreading in the body; finding ways to outsmart the malaria mosquito; or pinpointing what is going awry in development where birth defects such as spina bifida and cleft palate occur,” Professor Hilton said.
Professor Hilton said the exhibition offered a unique opportunity for the public to grasp how rapid advances in medical imaging technology were enabling researchers to visualise the unseeable in increasingly stunning detail, including 3D and 4D.
“Visitors to the exhibition get the chance to 'fly through' breast tissue or see what blood vessels look like when they migrate to form conduits that transport food, oxygen and germ-fighting immune cells throughout the body,” Professor Hilton said.
A time-honoured competition
The Art of Science exhibition is also a showcase of 20 finalists from the Institute’s annual Art of Science competition, which was founded in 1997 by former Institute director and esteemed scientist Professor Suzanne Cory.
This year, the competition judges are from Museums Victoria and include CEO Lynley Marshall; Senior Curator for Human Biology and Medicine Johanna Simkin; and Collections Curator for Engineering Matilda Vaughan.
“My selection was made on the basis of artistic appeal, representation of subject matter and the degree to which the image engaged me with the subject,” Ms Marshall said.
Art of Science 2018 - still image category award winners
-Winner: Gobstopper by Brendan Ansell, Balu Balan and Aaron Jex
-2nd place: Starry Starry Night by Francine Ke
-3rd place: Creature of the Deep by Zoe Grant
Moving Image in Science - video category award winners
-Winner: Breast Cancer Exploration by Caleb Dawson
-2nd place: Generations of Danger by Justin Muir and Tom Weber
-3rd place: The Big Bang by Carolyn de Graaf and Christine Biben
The public also get to have their say. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to vote for their favourite image in the ever popular People’s Choice Awards for the chance to win a framed print of their choice.
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute is Australia's oldest medical research institute where more than 850 medical researchers are working to tackle some of the biggest health problems facing humanity.
Art of Science exhibition
10am-6pm daily, 10-19 August 2018
The Atrium, Federation Square
More information and behind the scenes videos: https://www.wehi.edu.au/artofscience