Art Displays

Science parallels art in many ways, not just as a subject matter but also as a source of inspiration. Here at Science World, we are proud to work with local artists who are interested in and inspired by science. Our art displays showcase different works of art within our false creek facility. Recent displays have included art work by Peter Holmes, Sharon Kallis, Michael Hall, Chris Waind and a group of art students from Emily Carr University. We also host an annual display of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Contest winners.

Currently On Display

Invisible Portraits

Invisible Portraits

Science World is excited to showcase its newest art exhibition, Invisible Portraits. This visual art exhibition reveals the secret world of microbes through high-tech images refashioned as metal sculptures, wood carvings and large-scale portraitures, by artists Patrick Keeling and Erick James, with photographs from Kevin Carpenter, Noriko Okamoto and Juan Saldarriaga.

While you may associate microbes with disease, the fact is that microbes are around you all the time and most are essential to your health and the health of the planet’s ecosystems. You may also imagine that microbes are boring, little round balls, but the microbial world is actually quite surprising. Just like animals and plants, microbes come in a variety of physical shapes and sizes and many are stunningly beautiful in their complexity. So, it should come as no surprise that microbes, just like everything else in nature, can inspire artistic representations, portraits and landscapes of a world we live in, but rarely ever get to see.

This exhibition runs until March 30.

Macaws of Tambopata, Peru

Macaws of Tambopata

The macaws are the largest parrot species in the Amazon and their loud shrieking vocalizations and brilliantly coloured plumage make them impossible to ignore. Sixteen species of macaws can be seen in tropical forests and savannahs from southern Mexico to northern Argentina, but some of the largest concentrations of macaws occur in southeastern Peru, especially in the Tambopata region.

Using images, videos and specimens, Rainforest Expeditions invites audiences to sample a taste of the beauty, majesty and wonder found in the lives of these unique creatures. It also highlights some of the efforts of scientists in the region, as they seek to better understand the macaws and their place in our world.

This exhibition runs from January 13 to Feburary 23.

Project Impossible V2.0: Photographs from the People

Impossible Project

Calling all Canadian Impossible Project film shooters, show us your Impossible view 

Submit up to three Impossible Project photos and you could win Impossible Project film, a Polaroid camera, Science World passes and more! Everyone will have an image on display in the exhibition. Submissions close Friday, March 27, 2015. For more information, submission forms and Impossible Project film, visit the Impossible Project website or contact Beau Photography

About the exhibition

When Edwin Land introduced the Polariod SX-70 camera, in 1972, it may have been because he was inspired by a child's wish to see a picture immediately after it was taken. However, the instant camera and film he invented did so much more than just produce an instant image. Land's process allowed people to be free of labs and camera controls, when taking photographs of things as they saw them and immediately sharing the images with people around them. The Impossible Project has revived the medium of Polaroid instant photography, by producing film that will work with most Polaroid cameras.

Project Impossible V2.0: Photos from the People represents both the inclusiveness of the medium and the beauty of the images it produces. The photographs in this exhibit depict a variety of viewpoints, from multiple contributors including young people with an eye for detail and emerging photographers, to established artists who use instant film as one of many mediums.

The exhibition also explores the science behind the photograph, with information about the technology of the Impossible Project instant film. The art and science of instant film are inextricably linked and one can be more fully appreciated with an understanding of the other.

This exhibition runs from April 6–May 10, 2015.

Join us for opening night! Register for the free event here.

Artist Contact

If you are an artist interested in displaying your science-inspired artwork at TELUS World of Science, please contact us: