The Cavendish Arts Science programme has been conceived to question and explore material and immaterial universes through a dialogue between the arts and sciences. Building on an extensive history of arts science engagement at the Cavendish Laboratory, the Cavendish Arts Science programme was founded in 2016 by Suchitra Sebastian, head of the Quantum Materials group.
The programme’s first exhibition Into boundless space I leap marked the inauguration of the new Maxwell Centre in Cambridge. The exhibition was curated by Guy Haywood of Kettle's Yard and showcased newly-commissioned work created through conversation between artists and scientists. Works included a performance by choreographer Wayne McGregor and artist Haroon Mirza, new text-based work by Mark Titchner, and origami sculptures by Rana Begum.
The next phase of the programme, for three years in the first instance, is generously supported by Una Ryan, a world-leading scientist in the field of biology, an alumna of Girton College and the University of Cambridge, and committed supporter of the arts.