Past exhibitions

Beauty and the Brain | 05-Aug-09 to 30-Sep-09


A series of photographic images by young people at Lambeth Academy made in collaboration with Dr Lizzie Burns and Carl Stevenson.

Beauty and the Brain investigates the physical intricacy and mystery of the organ responsible for all that we feel and experience. Six young people explored the brain as a functional and aesthetic object through a series of filmed experiments. Their ideas, dreams and memories form a soundscape for unexpected imagery of brains including sculptures floating in a pond and brains made of ice melting on pavements.

This project is part of the Learning and Participation programme at Southbank Centre and is inspired by Walking in My Mind at the Hayward Gallery. Walking in My Mind explores the inner workings of the artist's imagination through immersive large-scale installation art. Ten international artists transform the Hayward Gallery's indoor galleries and outdoor sculpture terraces into a series of gigantic sculptural environments, each which represents an individual mindscape. Interior worlds emotions, thoughts, memories and dreams collide with exterior reality, blurring the boundaries between inner and outer space. Lambeth Academy students embraced these themes and ideas and allowed the artists' work in the gallery to feed their own imaginations.

This exhibition continues in the Level 2 Foyer of Royal Festival Hall as well as in the Poetry Library, and a film is projected onto the outside wall of the building after sunset.

Lambeth Academy credits: Sam Cottington, Nileema Islam, Jessica Simoes and Samantha Murphy, Zaynab Fayyaz, Amber Miller Rogers, Rauri Carroll.

Artist biographies:
About the artists:
Dr Lizzie Burns
Lizzie Burns who graduated with a doctorate in molecular cell biology from the University of Oxford in 2002. Since then Lizzie has spent the last five years on communications, art and educational projects to convey the excitement of science.

She specialises in workshops that explore the mysteries of the mind, and invites participants to sculpt their own brains from a specialist model-making material.

Carl Stevenson
is a filmmaker. He explores social, personal and the emotional space, using pseudo scientific and forensic methodologies to reveal invisible connections and possibilities.

Carl has shown work in festival and on television worldwide, winning Best British Film at the London International Animation Festival in 2004. His latest film was shown as part of Channel 4's dance film season. He recently worked with children to create "air castles" at the South London Gallery, winning the Chrisi Bailey National Children's Media Arts Award. 

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