Where Science Meets Art - Dr Asheeta Prasad Collaborates With Two Sydney Artists For Exhibition

Posted 28 November 2016

An exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum, showcasing twelve months of innovative collaboration between artists and scientists includes an installation by UNSW School of Psychology scientist Dr Asheeta Prasad and two Sydney based artists, Sarah Robson and Julia Davis (see bio’s below), will be launched on 9 December 2016.

Dr Asheeta Prasad is a senior researcher at the UNSW School of Psychology and her work encompasses an understanding of the brain pathways underlying complex behaviours such as learning, memory and reward related behavior.

The collaboration is part of the Ku-ring-gai pH: art + science project which has allowed a platform where Science Meets Art. Asheeta is passionate about education and communicating an understanding of the importance of the natural environment. Her scientific understanding of human behaviour and the emotional and historical value of the natural environment, allowed the artists an insight into the scientific thinking of art. The collaboration of these complimentary fields, science and art, has provided the public with some readily consumable concepts and artworks.

The Ku-ring-gai pH: art + science project allowed for many collaborations between scientists and artists. A wide range of areas of scientific study were represented in the project and the outcomes with collaborating artists will include installation, film, drawing, painting, sound and sculpture.

All of the artworks from the collaborations between scientists and artists will be exhibited at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum from 9 December 2016 – 19 February 2017. Dr Asheeta Prasad will also partake in some of the public programs including:

Art + Science Forum – Sunday 11 December 2016, 2pm-4pm
In Conversation: Artists & Scientists – Sunday 19 February 2017, 2pm-4pm.

For information on these programs and the Ku-ring-gai pH Project, please visit the following website: http://www.kuringgaieramboo.com.au/

Artists collaborating with Dr Asheeta Prasad:
Julia Davis is a Sydney based artist who works with a wide range of materials and processes including object, photography and video. Her recent work engages with notions of temporality and examines the relationship between bodies and landscape. She holds a Master of Visual Art from Sydney College of the Arts and exhibits both nationally and internationally.

Sarah Robson is a practising artist exhibiting nationally and internationally. Her primary concerns are the dynamic interaction of light and form, space, the nature of perception, and the unity of opposites. She has a Master of Cross-Disciplinary Art & Design and a Master of Philosophy, with her research focused on the creative processes of artists.