National Teaching Fellow 2012
Heather Barnett is Course Lecturer on the MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London) and a practising artist with a long-standing career working at the intersections of art and science. Her pedagogic interests focus on methods for cross- and trans-disciplinary learning, which is collaborative, student-centred and inquiry led. With an interest in the environmental conditions and emergent processes related to learning, she seeks to address the biological, social and phenomenological factors which influence educational agency and autonomy.
The MA Art and Science is an innovative post-graduate programme investigating the creative relationships between art and science. From a wide range of backgrounds, students come to the interdisciplinary studio to explore the interconnections between disciplinary methods and practices, and to explore forms of knowing, being and communicating.
Before joining Central Saint Martins, Heather was Senior Lecturer in Photographic Arts (and subsequently Art/Science) at the University of Westminster. In 2010 she initiated the Broad Vision educational project, which brought together students and faculty from a range of arts and science courses to learn from each other and work together. The project developed an innovative interdisciplinary educational model, established a validated cross-faculty elective module, and contributed to the development of innovative new courses in Imaging Art and Science. The Broad Vision project ran for five years and in that time generated a significant number of co-authored student/staff outputs including publications, exhibitions and presentations at national and international conferences.
Heather has also held Research Fellowships at the University of Sussex and the London School of Economics, and consulted on arts, health and science projects for organisations such as Willis Newson, the Science Museum, and the Wellcome Trust.
As a practising artist with an international reputation for innovative and engaging art/science work Heather has directed projects and made diverse works inspired by imaging technologies, scientific processes and biological design. She engages in creative collaborations involving scientists, artists, participants and organisms, and has been Artist in Residence in diverse organisations including hospital pathology departments, satellite mapping companies, public museums, and academic research laboratories. Public art commissions include Flow, for Guy’s Hospital Cancer Day Unit (winner of the BBH Award for Best Use of Visual Art in Healthcare, 2011) and Proto, Meta, Intra, a trio of artworks for the Postgraduate Medical Institute at Anglia Ruskin University (2012). For more information visit her website.