Interactive art and science workshops for children will take place in Galway next week, in a collaboration between CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Medical Devices, and the Baboró International Arts Festival for Children.
The workshops, entitled Wavelengths, will enable schoolchildren to meet the artists Cleary Connolly (Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly ) over Zoom, and be shown their exciting Science Foundation Ireland supported exhibition, Invisible Light, at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork. They will also be introduced to the electromagnetic spectrum.
Exploring the electromagnetic spectrum
The electromagnetic spectrum is divided into seven sections or types of light, most of which is invisible to the naked eye. However scientists have devised many ways of seeing such lights, and using them in medicine, astronomy, meteorology, and security.
Cleary Connolly explore these invisible forms of light as art. “Anne and Denis have an amazing way of connecting art and science while making complex scientific ideas accessible and fascinating to any audience,” says Andrea Fitzpatrick, Artist in Residence programme manager at CÚRAM.
Researchers from CÚRAM, which is based at NUI Galway, along with Dr Vijaya Krishna Kanala, and Vaishali Chugh, will be participating in the online experience to explain how they use ultraviolet light and fluorescence in the laboratory for the imaging of cells in their research.
Wavelengths will take place online over Zoom on Monday October 12 and Tuesday 1 and are suitable for fifth and sixth class students. Full details, including how to book, are available via www.baboro.ie/festival/programme/wavelengths