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Paradigm: Conrad Shawcross in conversation
Thu 15 September 2016, 19:00 – 20:00 BST
Paradigm is a major new public artwork created by one of the UK’s most exciting young artists, Conrad Shawcross. A twisting stack of tetrahedral blocks made of weathering steel, Paradigm stands outside the newly built Francis Crick Institute in King’s Cross and is one of the tallest public sculptures in central London at an imposing 14 metres high.
At the first public event to be held in our beautiful auditorium space, Conrad Shawcross will speak in conversation with Ken Arnold of the Wellcome Trust about the inspiration behind the sculpture. This is a unique opportunity to hear about the intersection of art, science and engineering as the Crick opens its doors to the public this autumn.
This event is free and open to all.
Conrad Shawcross is currently the youngest living artist elected to the Royal Academy. His previous work includes a major courtyard commission at the Royal Academy during the Summer Exhibition, solo exhibitions at the New Art Centre, Roche Court and Victoria Miro Gallery, and a large scale architectural response (The Optic Cloak) for the Greenwich Peninsula. He is a major name on the international stage and a leading light of a new generation of British sculptors.
Ken Arnold has spent the last ten years directing the programmes in Wellcome Collection, an innovative and popular public venue that opened in 2007 and is dedicated to exploring connections between medicine, art and life. Prior to that he oversaw a range of public engagement work including a variety of exhibitions, events and arts initiatives; and also co-ordinating the establishment of Wellcome's support for collaborative work between scientists and artists. He now shares his time between more international projects for Wellcome and directing the Medical Museion in Copenhagen. He regularly writes and lectures on the culture of museums past and present, and on the contemporary relations between the arts and sciences.
The funding for Paradigm has been provided through a generous grant from the Wellcome Trust. The Wellcome Trust supports the creation of new artistic work that critically engages artists and audiences with biomedical science.
The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical research institute dedicated to discovering the fundamental biology underlying human health, with the aim of improving the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of human disease.
The Crick was formed on 1 April 2015 and is a registered charity. It is a partnership between the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the Wellcome Trust, University College London (UCL), Imperial College London and King’s College London.
Crick research will help to find new ways to diagnose, prevent and treat a range of illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, neurodegenerative conditions and infectious diseases.
The Crick is committed to engaging and inspiring the public with science through a diverse programme of events and exhibitions.