Above: Blood Clots detail by Dana Kletke




Curated by Seema Goel
Artists  |  Artistes
ash alberg, Dana Kletke, Heather Komus, Chantel Mierau, Lesley Nakonechny, Ann Stinner, Gaëtanne Sylvester, Peter Tittenberger and Michelle Wilson.
Neuroscientists  |  Neuroscientifiques
Dr. Melanie Martin, Dr. Tiina Kauppinen, Dr. Kristine Cowley, Dr. Jerry Krcek, Dr. Mike Jackson, Dr. Tabrez Siddiqui, Dr. Eftekhar Eftekharpour, Dr. Gilbert Kirouac, Dr. Marc Del Bigio
March 3 – 20, 2017
John Buhler Research Centre Atrium
715 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB
Opening Reception: Friday, March 3
Neurocraft Panel Disussion, March 16:  Brainstorming: What Can Art and Neuroscience Learn from Each Other?
In celebration of the Neurocraft exhibition, our panel of Neurocraft artists and scientists held a lively discussion on the interplay between art and science. Presented by the Manitoba Craft Council and the Manitoba Neuroscience Network.
May 27 – June 24, 2017
Visual Voice Galerie
Edifice Belgo, espace 421
372, Ste-Catherine Street West
Montreal, QC
Opening Reception:  May 27, 3 – 5:30pm
Hours:  Wednesday to Saturday, 12 – 5:30pm


Galleries West Digital
UM Today – Neurocraft: Exhibit explores the art and science of the brain
CBC – Blood, brains, and mushrooms: Neurocraft exhibition opens in Winnipeg
Winnipeg Free Press – arts and entertainment review
At first blush, neuroscience and craft may seem an unlikely pairing.  To the average human on the street, neuroscience is high tech, innovative, smart.  (Okay, maybe it’s a bit nerdy, but as the Huffington Post recently declared, nerdy is the new sexy!)  Craft, on the other hand, is simple, traditional, homey.  Rocket science notwithstanding, neuroscience is the go-to metaphor for something of the highest order of difficulty – tasks requiring extreme skillfulness, expertise and at least three university degrees.  Craft is the quintessential course for dummies – cue Basket-Making 101 with laugh track.  Anyone with internet access can DIY their way through literally millions of youtube craft tutorials and hang out an Etsy shingle.  Not so much with brain surgery.
Dig a little deeper, however, to the land beyond stereotypes, and the connections between contemporary craft and neuroscience begin to take shape.  Practitioners of both are concerned with understanding the traditions and knowledge base of their fields.  They are both constantly innovating and using new technologies to experiment and create knowledge.  Both value creative thinking, skill mastery under the tutelage of experienced mentors, professionalism, and care.
The goal of the Neurocraft collaboration and exhibition is to bring together neuroscientists and craftspeople to create new work inspired by the brain.  The initial motivation, for the neuroscience partners, was public outreach: how to communicate with a broader audience about neuroscience research?  While neuroscience may seem ivory tower, craft welcomes all to its humble abode.  The down-to-earth accessibility that can sometimes be its downfall is also key to craft’s accessibility.  Warm and unassuming, craft is ideally placed to communicate complicated or difficult concepts.
For craftspeople, the draw of Neurocraft was access to specialized scientific knowledge, equipment and research that would feed their artistic practices and explorations.  Over a two-year period, nine neuroscientists were matched with nine craft artists.  They were invited to share together about their work, ask questions, and follow whatever pathways emerged from these conversations.  This exhibition is the result.

-Tammy Sutherland, Director, Manitoba Craft Council