is a centre of science/art intelligence.  It scans, monitors and evaluates existing collaborations between artists and scientists world-wide as well
as fostering new collaborations that have potential for commercial application.  It nurses projects from the generation of initial ideas to financing and implementation, acting as mentor and advisor. 

Bridging the Credibility Gap

In reviewing the 'Legacy of Sci-Art', four 'exemplar' projects came to light which, together, provide strong evidence that ideas generated by scientists and artists working in partnership can produce a powerful force for change and innovation.  But this evidence is not sufficient, in itself, to garner the level of financial support that is required to take the 'Next Step'.

Sci-Art Lab's Key Players have already approached a range of sponsoring organisations in the UK and North America.  Our presentations to these potential sources of funding, based on an analysis of the four 'exemplars' mentioned above, have made a strong and well argued case in support of interdisciplinary research and development between artists and scientists.  These overtures have consistently unleashed a considerable degree of interest which needs now to be supplemented by a further stage of research aimed at bridging the credibility gap that still exists, in the minds of many, on the efficacy of scientists and artists working together.  

Proposed program of research into the Commercial Ouputs and Value of Sci-Art projects

In undertaking research, the method of work will involve contacting selected partnerships who were amongst the 124 Sci-Art Award winners.  Of equal importance will be short-listed partnerships - ie those who failed to win an Award but who nevertheless produced potentially valuable ideas.  Apart from answering a series of general questions on the Commercial Outputs and Value of Sci-Art Projects, partnerships are being asked to state whether or not they have intentions to commercialise their own specific projects, or have already taken steps in this direction.  Additionally, questions range wide to cover the social and cultural benefits that may have accrued.    
Still another element of the investigation stems from the belief that collaboration between scientists and artists is becoming an increasingly potent platform for innovation and creativity.  To uncover the full implications of this trend, the inquiry will also embrace a range of relevant science/art initiatives and applications which lie outside and beyond the Sci-Art competition.

Nearly always, successful Sci-Art projects will have succeeded in transferring knowledge across the divide between publicly produced knowledge ( eg. in universities) and the private exploitation of it.  Many colleges have developed processes and policies to discover, protect and exploit intellectual property rights to ensure that IP is successfully transferred to companies formed for the purposes of exploitation.  For this reason, these routes to commercialisation will form an important part of the investigation.

The start of the process

As a start, all 124 Sci-Art winning schemes have been scanned together with a range of short-listed entries to produce a list of 50+ projects which, after close examination, appear to have some potential to be developed further.  After further inquiry, not every project will prove to have hidden depths but it is reasonable to assume that the research will uncover approximately 40 projects which, together, will provide fascinating insights into the Sci-Art method and its deeper significance for the Creative Economy. 

The research is being led by Terry Trickett who was instrumental in inventing the Sci-Art concept.  Additionally, Charles Landry, who has also been involved in Sci-Art since its inception, will provide overall strategic advice and mentoring with a special emphasis on the world-wide significance of an ever expanding range of science/art initiatives.  Richard Kacperek’s knowledge of marketing and sales, strategy development and implementation, and performance coaching and business mentoring will enable the proposed research to highlight just those projects that possess genuine on-going potential.

Applying ever increasing momentum to the Cycle of Sci-Art Creativity


The success of Sci-Art lies in its ability to tap the urge, felt by scientists as well as artists, to find new methods of discovery.  The initiative was made possible through the inspired patronage of the Wellcome Trust who, back in 1995, took a leap in the dark by supporting and sponsoring ideas generated by artists and scientists working in partnership.  Now, many years later, a wide range of projects generated by the Sci-Art method have reached a stage where their effectiveness in creating a potent platform for innovation and creativity can be investigated and assessed. 

Given a positive result from the proposed program of research, Sci-Art Lab’s Key Players are confident that it will place them in a strong position to secure a further tranche of inspired sponsorship.  The intention is to apply ever increasing momentum to the Cycle of Sci-Art Creativity by taking the crucial 'Next Step' as soon as funds are made available.