Public Engagement

Art of the Brain

The researchers and artist involved in the project

Project contact:

Dr Sarah Bailey (Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology) -; 01225 386842


  • Local community artist (Stephen Magrath)
  • Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution (BRLSI)
  • School children

Engagement activity:

Sci-Art collaboration alongside lectures and children's workshops.

Project summary

Art of the Brain represented the first collaboration between researchers in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology and local artist Stephen Magrath. Using art inspired by cutting-edge research, the project aimed to engage members of the public in discussion about brain research undertaken in the Department.

There were three strands to the project:

  1. An art exhibition at BRLSI with accompanying research presentations
  2. A public lecture (Looking at the brain: brain scans and brain waves) delivered by Professor Roland Jones
  3. A workshop (Brainwave) with hands-on activities for children aged 8 - 12

Find out more about the project

For further details on the project including the benefits to the researchers and the publics, things they would do differently and their top tips, download the case study.

Watch an Ignite talk about the project: