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The Art of Innovation explores the relationship between science and art over the past 250 years, and how it has helped to interpret, study and explore the world around us. For KS4 upwards.

Art and science are in continual dialogue and have been symbiotic and antagonistic in their relationship to revolutionary ideas.

This ambitious exhibition will showcase the breadth of the Science Museum Group Collection, with iconic artworks and objects of scientific discovery displayed alongside works by some of the biggest names in visual arts: Hepworth, Hockney, Boccioni, Lowry, Constable, Turner and more.

Examining this ongoing relationship, the exhibition looks at the interaction between scientific progress and social change, how machinery has both influenced and threatened the human body, and how art and science have been used as tools that go beyond human senses to capture the unseen.

  • In partnership with BBC Radio 4, a landmark 20-part radio series will air from 23 September 2019 and be available as a podcast on BBC Sounds. 
  • An accompanying book published by Transworld will be available from 19 September 2019.

Header image: Coalbrookdale by Night, Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg, 1801 (Science Museum Group Collection)