GRAFT: Linking Textiles, Art and Science

Date: Dec 3, 2011 - Jan 22, 2012

GRAFT is an exhibition of printed textiles by OCAD University students created in response to the 50th anniversary of the discovery of stem cells by Canadian researchers, Drs. James Till and Ernest McCulloch. Inspired by this landmark research, the array of creative interpretations featured in the exhibition explore the intersection of art and science as part of the project initiated by Toronto’s Ontario Science Centre and developed in collaboration with the Stem Cell Network and students from Ontario’s top art and design schools.


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“Till and McCulloch’s discovery in 1961 was unparalleled at the time and their findings continue to influence the field of stem cell research to this day,” said Drew Lyall, Executive Director of the Stem Cell Network. Working with textile media through silk screen and digital design techniques, each banner offers a unique perspective on the visual culture of science, highlighting the imaginative dimensions entailed in rendering visible that which is invisible to the eye. Placing textile practice in the larger context of scientific visualisation and communication, GRAFT is presented as part of the Textile Museum of Canada's ongoing interdisciplinary initiatives, establishing continuities between inherited and innovative creative practices and promoting the knowledge-building role of the visual arts.“

Organised by the Ontario Science Centre in collaboration with OCAD University and presented by the Textile Museum of Canada.


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Lecture: Cell and Stem Cell Biology for Artists with Radha Chaddah
Thursday January 19, 6:30 pm
Join Radha Chaddah as she uses imagery to explain the cellular world, including stem cells and their role in medical research. Chaddah has merged her studies in Art History and Film and Cell and Molecular Biology to create art about science, in addition to communicating science to the public. She is currently creating a travelling stem cell exhibit that will tour science centres and museums across North America. This lecture is offered in partnership with OCAD University.  

Free for TMC Members and Full-time students, including OCAD University students and staff, Non-members $15. Advance tickets may be purchased in person at the TMC’s front desk. Please arrive early, seating is limited.