Curated by Churchill students, Enlightened Perspectives explores the relationship between science and art.

There was a time when science and art went hand-in-hand. In the Renaissance, the philosophies of art, architecture, engineering and science were disciplines understood by all educated people. In the 19th century, the cultured classes were as likely to go to a lecture on the latest scientific discovery as one on art or exploration.

This gulf has widened over recent decades, with schools foregrounding the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths, whilst art is increasingly considered an indulgence, the first subject to be scrapped in a time of austerity. Enlightened Perspectives aims to bridge the links that are all too often forgotten.

We might think about scientists and artists representing polar types: one led by emotion, the other data. But there are indeed significant overlaps, and similar questions both seek to answer, relating to what is true, and how to move society forward.

Following on from the success of last year’s exhibition, Enlightened Perspectives aims to show the broad intersection between these two seemingly opposed fields.


Enlightened Perspectives was on display in Churchill College from 9—17 March 2015.