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Salt Bridges, University of Oxford

Date uploaded: February 3, 2009

Contemporary Art and Architecture for the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford.

The new Biochemistry building hosts a number of specially commissioned works of contemporary art as part of the art and architecture programme Salt Bridges.

Salt Bridges, curated by Lead Consultant Artist Nicky Hirst, brings in partnership the Department of Biochemistry headed by Professor Kim Nasmyth, architects Hawkins\Brown, the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art and Artpoint in association with Louise O’Reilly Visual Arts to deliver an outstanding site-specific contemporary art collection within a world-class scientific research facility.

By appointing artists at the embryonic stages of the design of the building and engaging them in the intellectual life of the department the project aims to produce a truly collaborative programme, delivering a body of work which embraces experimentation, inter-disciplinary discourse and the exchange of ideas.

Salt Bridges derives from a scientific phrase that Lead Consultant Artist Nicky Hirst encountered during her research. In protein chemistry it refers to ion pairs, a form of strong interaction between oppositely charged residues. It is used here literally and metaphorically to describe the dynamic relationships between artists and scientists that the project is supporting.

Contact Details:

Claire Curtice

Tel: 00 44 (0)20 7613 1442

Mob: 00 44 (0) 7775 562264

Email: [email protected]



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Salt Bridges, Oxford University. Photo: Claire Curtice

Salt Bridges, Oxford University. Photo: Claire Curtice