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Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

Corpus sculpture by Daziel + Scullion

Corpus stones by artists Dalziel + Scullion 

The artwork at the Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre is part of a series of engagement initiatives to bring new audiences into contact with our research.

The Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre (JCBC) represents a new era for science. This centre houses three world-leading research institutes under one roof: the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (CSCI), the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease (CITIID), and the Milner Therapeutics Institute. Given the relevance of our research to society, bringing the public into our work is an important part of our strategy. With this in mind, we have created a space where we can engage patients, families, health workers and our neighbours on campus with our work, with the aim of promoting public access to the research.

We believe art to be an effective and engaging tool in interpreting contemporary biomedical research and in creating an open and engaged research environment. We exhibit both permanent and temporary artwork as part of this initiative to engage and build a bridge between researchers, patients, carers and the wider public.

The public art installations sit on the ground floor of our building, where we house a 120-seat lecture room, a café and an Exhibition Space publicly accessible during normal opening hours.

Discover our commissions

Creative commissions for the JCBC public space are led by the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute as part of our Public Engagement programme, in partnership with Kettle’s Yard.

Current exhibits include artworks by Anna Brownsted and Victoria Morton.

Past exhibits featured Harold Offeh and Kelly Briggs.

Public art programme

An ambitious and innovative public art programme was planned and presented as part of the development of the Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre. This programme comprises a major new permanent art commission for the site by Daziel + Scullion (see image above), workshops and talks for locals, and training opportunities for Cambridge-based artists.