The project has seen Dr Laura Bunting, Research Manager of the BRAIN Unit, travel to locations across Cardiff with a collection of sponsored print artworks depicting the brain in a bid to demonstrate the importance of neuroscience.
So far, the ‘Splodge on the Brain’ canvases have taken Dr Bunting everywhere from professional conferences to scout evenings designed to encourage people of all ages to gain a better understanding of the University’s research into neuro-disorders.
In October 2016, the project featured as part of an exhibition stand at the Health and Care Research Wales annual conference, which focused on ‘research with impact’ and saw more than 300 delegates fill the SWALEC cricket stadium in Cardiff.
Dr Bunting and her team asked guests to unleash their creative side and set up canvas paintings to decorate for displaying in the BRAIN Unit at Cardiff University.
With voting taking place throughout the day, the BRAIN Unit’s activity proved the most popular and was crowned ‘Best Interactive Stand’ at the event. Dr Bunting, who manned the stand, was delighted to be presented with a glass trophy award.
The brain canvases have also made an appearance at the Health and Care Research Wales Involving People conference in Cardiff, and a Scouts Night hosted by Cardiff University’s Neurosciences and Mental Health Research Institute.
“We are always looking for ways to reach new audiences,” said Dr Bunting. “The exhibition award showed that our efforts to raise awareness of our centre’s pioneering neuro-research in the community is making a real difference.
“Another project we have been pleased to unveil this year is the renovating of a main corridor at the Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neuroscience on the fourth floor of University Hospital of Wales, at Heath Park, in Cardiff.
“We would like to thank graphic design company Teamworks for producing an eye-catching scene that highlights the key research areas of Cardiff University’s clinical neuroscience and psychological medicine divisions. Whether you are a patient, clinician or academic – the more people who are aware of our work and the role it plays in the community, the better!”