Katharine Dowson Transfusion

What is in your blood?

Blood determinedly flows around our bodies, and selflessly between people. It is universal and personal, a substance that when examined reveals information about its host absolutely. Blood contains clues about our health, body and mind, we study it, and in doing so, we can save lives. Blood also unites us, over 2 million donations are made each year in the UK, forging unique connections between the donor and recipient and transcending superficial differences.

Transfusion was informed by conversations with Dr Gerd Wagner, currently a Reader in Medicinal Chemistry at King’s College London. Gerd Wagner’s group’s main research interests are in medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. Specific research themes include the investigation of glycosyltransferases as novel drug targets in infection, inflammation and cancer; the development of chemical tools for the investigation of NAD-dependent enzymes; and the identification of novel anti-parasitic agents.

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The Artist: Katharine Dowson

Katharine Dowson studied at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She is represented in numerous collections including the Wellcome Trust and the Arts Council Collection. Katharine’s work has been included in Spectacular Bodies, A History of Anatomical Art from Leonardo to Now at Hayward Gallery, London and Head On: Art with the Brain in Mind at Science Museum London. Previous shows include Images of the Mind/The Mind in Images in Dresden and Brno; Brains: The Mind as Matter at the Wellcome Collection London and Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester; Project Daejeon 2014: The Brain in South Korea and Gregor Mendel: Planting the Seeds of Genetics a touring exhibition in America.


27 July - 13 November Blood