Art and Science Programme

CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices based at NUI Galway together with Galway City Arts Office have commissioned a new Community Art-Science project for Eastside community in Galway City.  Award winning artist Karen Conway, has been selected to develop an art-science project with the Eastside community using the research being carried out at CÚRAM as her inspiration.  Karen has chosen to work with Professor William Wijns and his researchers. 

Professor William Wijns joined NUI, Galway, through the Science Foundation Ireland research professor programme. He is an expert in cardiology and is leading a €5 million research project, which will develop wearable sensors to alert patients at high risk of heart attacks to triggers such as stress or high blood pressure.  Cardiovascular disease accounts for 33 per cent of all deaths in Ireland, and causes 13 per cent of premature deaths in people under the age of 65, according to Irish Heart Foundation statistics.

An+Aisthesis Karen Conway

Karen Conway previously exhibited at the Galway International Arts Festival, Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, and the University College Hospital Galway.  Karen’s work has shown a strong interest in the cross over of science and art.  Her body of work, An + Aisthesis, was exhibited during the GIAF in 2014.  The exhibition was based on work created in the Department of Anaesthesia archive at University Hospital Galway following a four month residency.  The research traced the history of Chloroform and the use of trichloroethylene – Trilene - which influenced the recurrent blue/green colour in the artworks.  

For more information about Karen Conway and her work please visit

CÚRAM’s Art and Science programme creates links between the scientific and artistic communities to support the art-science discipline while increasing interest in science and current research. Since 2015, CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland funded Centre for Research in Medical Devices based at NUI Galway, has hosted artist residencies in its laboratories.

CÚRAM’s Education and Public Engagement Programme ‘Breaking Barriers’ aims to inspire and engage the next generation of Irish scientists and engineers and to forge collaborations between our researchers and the community. The programme is based around three core residency programmes for Filmmakers, Artists and Teachers. Researchers also engage directly with the community through public lectures, film screenings, workshops, and at national events.

For more information about this programme, please contact Andrea Fitzpatrick, Art and Science Research Manager:

Galway City Arts Office