Artist in Residence: Anna Dumitriu
Celebrated visual artist Anna Dumitru was awarded The Institute of Advance Studies (IAS) Fellowship in 2022 and joined the University as Artist in Residence.
About the residency
As part of the residency, the award-winning bio-artist worked closely with Professor Mark Chambers (Head of the Department of Microbial Sciences) and researchers from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, to research, develop and produce a new body of artworks to increase public awareness of the ongoing ‘One Health, One Medicine’ research being undertaken at the University.
The work was showcased in Summer 2022, leaving a legacy to be used as a highly novel teaching resource for students beyond the residency period.
I’m passionate about interdisciplinary scientific research and that extends to the Arts. The Arts can give us fresh perspectives and commentary on science, and we can also communicate our science through art. It is hard for science to be viscerally felt but through artistic media we can engage people with science in ways papers and graphs don’t.Professor Mark Chambers, Professor of Microbiology and Disease Intervention, Head of Section and Animal & Plant Biology
About Institute of Advanced Studies fellowships
The Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) established a Fellowship scheme in 2016 as part of its aim to foster interdisciplinary collaborations and encourage a flow of international scholars to visit the University of Surrey and leave behind excellent ideas and innovations. The scheme has enabled international scholars to spend time with University of Surrey academics pursuing research of mutual interest.
Applications for artists in residence are assessed using the following criteria:
- The expected enhancement and diversifying of arts and humanities research at the University of Surrey
- The fit of the artist in residence’s creative activity with existing research and new research initiatives at Surrey
- The quality, relevance, feasibility, innovation, and potential impact and outputs of the proposed programme of activities (this may include an internal event)
- The expected benefit to the applicant’s career.
The potential for generating national and international affiliations and more permanent links between the University of Surrey and the artist’s institution or organization.
One Health, One Medicine
We understand that human health is closely linked to animals, plants and our shared environment. To improve our health and that of animals, we’ve implemented a ‘One Health, One Medicine’ approach, bringing together expertise from a broad range of multidisciplinary areas.