Since 2014, St George’s, University of London has collaborated with HM Prison Wandsworth on a science engagement programme in which Professor Julian Ma and other staff and students have visited the prison to give talks on topical scientific issues.
These sessions are held in conjunction with an art class organised by the education team at the prison and the group spend time reflecting on the topics discussed and responding artistically. So far, discussions have spanned a wide range of topics, including the Ebola outbreak, DNA testing, cancer, wildlife, the Big Bang theory, the Rosetta space mission, artificial intelligence and genetics.
The second ‘Inside Science: a conversation between art and science’ exhibition took place in the university during May 2019. It was sponsored by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which supported a 16 month project to highlight the impacts of "Great Science from the Great War". The exhibition featured the work produced by prisoners in creative response to those and other talks. The artwork went on permanent display at HMP Wandsworth in June 2019, but you can listen to conversations on the creative process for the people involved and view a selection of the artwork below.
If you are a student or member of staff at St George’s and you’d like to get involved in giving a talk at HMS Wandsworth you can contact Prof Julian Ma for more information.