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Biological Sciences

‘Changing Minds’: Textile exhibition to dispel the myths and stigmas surrounding brain disorders

Published: 23 May 2016
Textile exhibition

Sixth-form textile students from Peter Symonds College have worked with scientists from the University’s Southampton Neuroscience Group (SoNG) on the ‘Changing Minds’ project to break down barriers and stimulate thinking and dialogue about mental health conditions.

Dr Shmma Quraishe, Dr Joanne Bailey and Professor Lindy Holden-Dye from SoNG worked with Beki Vaile, textiles teacher at Peter Symonds, to help the students understand the molecular and morphological changes occurring in the brains of the people affected by neurological conditions.

The students then interpreted the science and represented different diseases using very imaginative and thought-provoking mediums of art including paintings, garments and sculptures.

Shmma Quraishe, a research scientist at the University of Southampton and coordinator of the project, says: “A very important aspect of the project is that the design is carefully thought through in terms of the underlying neurobiology and the impact of the disease. Their work provides an opportunity to explore important societal issues such as mental health in an unconventional way.”

To celebrate the fantastic art work produced by the students, there is a free, private exhibition of the pieces on Thursday 26 May from 5 to 6.30pm in the Textiles Studio at Peter Symonds College, Winchester. This will be an opportunity to discuss the work with the students and scientists involved in this collaborative project.

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