Science and art explores addiction

By Natalie Vincent - Wed 3 October 2018, 5:07 pm

An art gallery dedicated to science has launched its first exhibition after opening in September.

King's College London opened the Science Gallery London on 21 September on Guy’s Campus in London Bridge. Its first season, HOOKED, explores the complexities of addiction and recovery through gambling to gaming, and smartphones to social media.

The gallery showcases collaborations between King's researchers, artists and young adults to address contemporary subjects and promote alternative ways of thinking. The gallery's young leaders, a collective of 15-25-year olds from Southwark, Lambeth and the King's student community, will play a large role in directing its future programmes.

Young leader and King's neuroscience student Bella Spencer said: "Science Gallery London will challenge us all to think about the big issues affecting our world. It will be a vibrant, interactive space where science isn’t hidden away in labs and art isn’t behind a velvet rope."

Developed with psychiatrists, therapists and people who have experienced addiction, HOOKED features works from both established and up-and-coming artists, such as Rachel Maclean's Feed Me; photographs from Olivia Locher's Another Day on Earth series; Richard Billingham's Tony Smoking Backwards, Playstation and Jason Chopping; Melanie Manchot’s Twelve and Joachim Koester's The Hashish Club. Free to visit, HOOKED runs until 6 January 2019.

Spencer added: "Through the gallery, King’s is making science and culture accessible to everyone, allowing young people the chance to interact with new discoveries and original thinking."