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Art at JCBC

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 flagship Biomedical Research Centre houses three world-leading research institutes under one roof: the Wellcome – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institue, the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease, and The Milner Therapeutics Institute. Given the relevance of our research to society, bringing in the public into the work we conduct in this Centre is an important part of our strategy. Therefore, we have created a space where we can engage patients, families, health workers and our neighbours on campus with what we do, 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. Our permanent and temporary artwork is part this initiative to engage and build a bridge between researchers, patients, carers and the wider public.

Our exhibition space with the art installations is situated on the ground floor of our building and consists of a 120-seat lecture hall, a large café and an exhibition area publicly accessible during normal opening hours all year round.

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 (Project Capella). The art programme comprises a major new permanent art commission for the site by Daziel + Scullion, workshops for local people, training opportunities for Cambridge-based artists, and a programme of films providing insight into the work of the scientists and clinicians who work in the building produced by  the Cambridge Betterment Society. The public art programme for the Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre was developed and led by Commission Projects for the University of Cambridge.

Art Commissions

Artworks by Victoria Morton and Harold Offeh were commissioned by the Wellcome – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute as part of its Public Engagement programme, working together with the Cambridge Institute for Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease. The curation was led by Maeve Polkinhorn (Independent Curator) in partnership with Kettle’s Yard.

The art commissions include temporary artworks (currently by Harold Offeh and Kelly Briggs), and a permanent artwork by Victoria Morton. The permanent installation is designed to help ensure long-term engagement through content that reflects the cutting-edge research conducted within the building. The temporary art commissions are designed to be linked to the existing Institute-specific public engagement commitments.