Inspired by the 2015 exhibition at Science Gallery Dublin, BLOOD will be the first cross-network season running simultaneously across two Science Gallery sites in London and Melbourne.

Blood is essential for life, both medically and metaphorically. From ritual to research, artistic medium to biological fluid, BLOOD will evoke ideas that provoke and challenge, engage and entice.

Crossing continents and connecting London and Melbourne through a public programme of events, activities, installations workshops and performances, BLOOD will feature a range of work from the original Science Gallery Dublin exhibition, as well as exciting new provocative works and experiences that explore the scientific, symbolic and strange nature of blood. The open call closed on 8 January 2017 and we will be announcing the programme in Spring 2017. The season is likely to explore some of the following themes:

  • Taboo – surrounding menstruation, ritual behaviour or activities involving blood, food created from blood
  • Stigma - associated with living with blood borne viruses such as HIV, or other genetic conditions affecting blood.
  • Giving – donating blood to strangers, placenta donation, the connection between a mother and foetus
  • Identity – blood type, associations with racial identity, mixed race, family, chimeras, human/animal hybrids, and eugenics
  • Health – diseases of the blood, immunity. Blood testing and the future of blood based testing etc.
  • Sport – Drugs and sport, blood doping.


Our curatorial advisors, helping to shape the BLOOD season and select the final works are:

  • Linda Barber, Senior lecturer, Department of Haematological Medicine, King's College London
  • David Rees, Consultant Paediatric Haematologist, King’s College Hospital, London
  • Michael Shattock, Professor of Cellular Cardiology, St Thomas’ Hospital, London


Watch this space for more info coming soon. #BLOOD17