'skin to mind' video (work in progress) in Dundee's Lifespace Gallery as part of Trajectories exhibition 2018in Dundee's Lifespace Gallery as part of Trajectories exhibition 2018 photo: Erika Stevenson


Dr Esther Sammler from Dundee's Life Sciences Dept interacting with one of the 'in vitro' projection installations photo: Erika Stevens


'studies for neurons' sculpture at Dimensions of Dementia event in London, 2017


Audiences at ARUK's Reframing Dementia exhibition, London photo:Andy Tyler


'Untitled' (migration) trial installation at Created out of Mind residency showcase in Wellcome's Hub, 2018


ARUK's 'Reframing Dementia' exhibition at OXO Tower gallery 2018 included Charlie's glass neuron sculptures


Dr Selina Wray encounters Charlie's 'skin to mind' video work in progress at 'Dimensions of Dementia' event, London 2017


'studies for neurons' feature in Dundee's Lifespace Gallery as part of Trajectories exhibition 2018


Audience response to glass sculptures at ARUK's Reframing Dementia exhibition, London

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One of the 'in vitro' projection installations at The Royal Institute's , 'Understanding Alzheimers' event


Audiences interacting with one of the 'in vitro' projection installations at Dundee's Lifespace gallery photo: Erika Stevens


'skin to mind' video installation of work in progress at West Yorkshire Playhouse for their 'Every third minute' festival 2018


Audiences looking at a trial presentation of 'skin to mind' at Folkestone's Normal? Festival of the Brain 2018 photo: Manuel Vason/ Normal Festival of the Brain Read More

Charlie Murphy: Brains in a Dish – Creative Responses to Cutting-edge Dementia Research

Our exciting new immersive exhibition-  which celebrates art and science – opens at Barnsley’s Cooper Gallery and Glass Works Digital Space this October.

Exciting large scale kinetic installations with glass, light and body recognition software will be presented in culmination of over seven years research, engagement and collaboration by Charlie, with Prof Selina Wray’s dementia research team at University College London and electronics engineer Robin Bussell.

The exhibition will include an array of delicate, colourful glass sculptures, playful and immersive digital tools including robotic lasers and image projections developed to illuminate and animate our understandings of the brain and raise awareness about the powerful processes and technologies used in dementia research

To develop new digital content for the exhibition, Charlie and Robin are also collaborating with Dr Eric Hill at Aston University and further scientists from UCL’s Dementia Research Centre.

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Barnsley’s Brains is financially supported by Barnsley Museums & Heritage trust, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Alzheimer Research UK’s Inspire Fund and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Previous Brains in a Dish presentations include :

Synaptic @ The Old Operating Theatre + Herb Garrett Museum, London (till 3rd April 2022)

Skin to Mind, Normal? Festival of the Brain, Folkestone (2018)

Activism Hub at UCL, Bloomsbury Festival,London ( Oct 2018)

Understanding Alzheimers at The Royal Institution, London (Oct 2018)

Created Out of Mind residency showcase, The Hub, Wellcome Collection, London

Trajectories exhibition at Lifespace Gallery, Dundee (Feb-June 2018)

Reframe Dementia Alzheimer’s Research UK exhibition at Oxo Tower Gallery, London (April 2018)

Every Third Minute: a festival of theatre, dementia and hope , West Yorkshire Playhouse’s , Leeds (March 2018)

Creative Reactions : Dimensions of Dementia,  event , London (Oct 2017)

Powerful Partners, Royal Society of Public Health, London (Nov 2017)