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Exhibitions at the York Festival of Ideas 2016

Exhibitions over multiple days

Little Feet Festival of Children’s Theatre 
Tuesday 7 - Sunday 12 June
A host of performances, interactive experiences and workshops for children of all ages and their families. 

Tick-Tock: Take a Snap
Tuesday 7 - Sunday 19 June
See the fabulous winning photographs in the Festival’s Tick Tock Take a Snap competition organised by Virgin Trains.

Fly Through Evolution!
Tuesday 7 - Sunday 19 June
Take an interactive visual journey through 3.5 billion years of evolutionary history and discover how all life on earth is related.

LUMA Film Festival
Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 June

Now in its fifth year, the LUMA Film Festival champions the work of budding filmmakers.

Upcoming exhibitions

Previous exhibitions

Story Zone: Voices in the University

Saturday 18 June 2016

The Story Zone shares tales of the role that York St John University has played in the life of the city over the past 175 years. An interactive display, it includes interviews, anecdotes and narratives from York residents, alumni, staff and students. Come along to hear some of their stories, speak to the researchers, or take your place in the Story Zone chair and share your thoughts on York St John.

"Time Makes Ancient Good Uncouth" (Joseph Rowntree)

Friday 17 June 2016

We live in a time when questions have re-emerged about philanthropy and corporate social responsibility, as well as a debate about how we can achieve a fair, equal and compassionate society. What can we learn from the life and work of the Rowntree family? How are their ideals still relevant to us today? This mixed media immersive exhibition looks at the ways in which generations of Rowntrees have helped shape our views.

Tick Tock: Ideas Against the Clock

Thursday 16 June 2016

The clock is ticking for 10 University of York student researchers as they face the challenge of communicating the impact of their research in just three minutes. Come along and join the audience for the final of York’s Three Minute Thesis competition and hear about the ground-breaking research taking place in York.

Story Zone: Voices in the University

Tuesday 14 June 2016

The Story Zone shares tales of the role that York St John University has played in the life of the city over the past 175 years. An interactive display, it includes interviews, anecdotes and narratives from York residents, alumni, staff and students. Come along to hear some of their stories, speak to the researchers, or take your place in the Story Zone chair and share your thoughts on York St John.

Tick Tock Goes the Daily Biological Clock

Sunday 12 June 2016

Why do flowers close at night? Why do heart attacks often occur in the morning? The answers lie in circadian body clocks present in all organisms.

Installation: Listening and Silence

Sunday 12 June 2016

Listening and Silence is a sound installation which expands cochlear implant technologies to the size of a room. Developed by artist Mark Fell, sound design expert Sandra Pauletto and University of York psychologists, it allows you to walk inside the processes hidden inside a cochlear implant.

An Artistic Exploration of Antibiotic Resistance

Sunday 12 June 2016

Bioartist Anna Dumitriu has created a new body of artwork in collaboration with researchers at the University of York to explore the urgent issue of antibiotic resistance. The pieces on display fuse craft, digital and sculptural techniques, and were made in the lab using bacteria and viruses as artistic media.

Seeing the Wood and the Trees

Sunday 12 June 2016

Come and learn about the trees and the woods that do all these different jobs in a windmill.

Tick Tock Goes the Daily Biological Clock

Saturday 11 June 2016

Why do flowers close at night? Why do heart attacks often occur in the morning? The answers lie in circadian body clocks present in all organisms.

Installation: Listening and Silence

Saturday 11 June 2016

Listening and Silence is a sound installation which expands cochlear implant technologies to the size of a room. Developed by artist Mark Fell, sound design expert Sandra Pauletto and University of York psychologists, it allows you to walk inside the processes hidden inside a cochlear implant.

An Artistic Exploration of Antibiotic Resistance

Saturday 11 June 2016

Bioartist Anna Dumitriu has created a new body of artwork in collaboration with researchers at the University of York to explore the urgent issue of antibiotic resistance. The pieces on display fuse craft, digital and sculptural techniques, and were made in the lab using bacteria and viruses as artistic media.

Seeing the Wood and the Trees

Saturday 11 June 2016

Come and learn about the trees and the woods that do all these different jobs in a windmill.

Shaping the Body: A Conversation

Thursday 9 June 2016

The shape of the human body has varied considerably over the last 500 years as people conform to cultural norms, follow fashion trends, or rebel. Join us at York Castle Museum for a special evening opening of the new Shaping the Body exhibition, followed by an interactive panel discussion.

Jane Bown: A Lifetime of Looking

Wednesday 8 June 2016

Join Luke Dodd for an illustrated talk on the life and work of Jane Bown, the legendary photographer who worked at the Observer for six decades. Jane worked in all areas of photojournalism but is best known for her portraits. Many of these have assumed an iconic status: the Queen, Samuel Beckett, Bjork, John Betjeman and Jean Cocteau – to name but a few.