METABOLON - large origami and metal sculpture illuminated in blue and greenDetail of large origami and metalwork METABOLON sculpture illuminated in green and purpleWide angle view of METABOLON sculpture illuminated in rainbow colours


13 October 2018 to 2 February 2019

METABOLON is an art installation created by artist Seiko Kinoshita and scientist Dr Nate Adams, originally commissioned for Festival of the Mind 2016. It is based on the research performed by Nate and his colleagues from the laboratory of Professor Neil Hunter FRS, in the department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Sheffield.

After their first successful art and science collaboration, the giant GFP Origami for Krebs Festival in 2015, Seiko and Nate continued their conversations and developed the artistic concept and design of METABOLON. On gaining funding from Arts Council England, The University of Sheffield, and the BBSRC, they created the beautiful physical installation with artist Darren Richardson.

In 2018, Seiko and Nate secured further funding from Arts Council England and The University of Sheffield to tour METABOLON and their new work Aegis to 20-21 Visual Arts Centre (27/10/2018 – 7/1/2019), The Hartlepool Art Gallery (19/1/2019 – 16/3/2019) and Manchester Central Library (tbc in 2020).

In this touring exhibition, they have created art installations to explore the invisible nano world that Nate researches in the lab, hoping to change peoples’ perceptions towards both Art & Science which are often seen as incompatible subjects.

During these exhibitions, they will run a series of Art & Science workshops to local schools &
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METABOLON is supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England, The University of Sheffield, Festival of the Mind and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.


Saturday 1 December 11am to 12:30pm – Meet the Artist with Seiko Kinoshita and Dr Nate Adams

Your chance to meet the creators of METABOLON and Aegis, the microbiology inspired installations in our Chancel Gallery and Bell Tower. Find out more about their work and the creation of these pieces. FREE.

Saturday 1 December 1-4pm –  Activity table drop-in with Seiko Kinoshita and Dr Nate Adams

METABOLON creators Seiko and Nate will be taking over our activity table on Saturday 1 December with creative drop-in activities combing art and science. FREE. Drop-in.