HDBI Precious Cells artwork showing golden embryos from 0-7 days floating in a blue/pink matrix

Precious Cells

The Precious Cells exhibition delves into the artistic, sociological and linguistic aspects of biological research using human tissues and early human embryos. Exhibition runs from 13th – 20th of March (10am-6pm daily) as part of the Cambridge Festival 2024.

Event details

Grand Arcade (Level 2) Saint Andrew’s Street Cambridge, UK

10:00 – 18:00

The Artwork

Precious Cells: a digital artwork by Anna Dumitriu

Dumitriu delves into the fascinating story of donated human embryos that are used in scientific research to understand how humans develop.

Borked Brain: a video artwork by David Blandy

Blandy explores consciousness, identity and technology after interacting with scientists and observing their visualisation of human neurons grown in a Petri dish.

Common Language. an art book by Marianne Wilde

The artist uses dos-à-dos binding to tell two stories simultaneously. It includes a narrative literature review of representations of human developmental biology in popular media during the 20th century, and also presents insights from interviews with current developmental biologists and members of the public focusing on the linguistics surrounding research using human tissues.

We look forward to welcoming you to the exhibition

Everyone is welcome to visit this free exhibition and join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #PreciousCells.

Precious Cells Exhibition was created in collaboration with the Human Developmental Biology Initiative and was funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Many thanks to artists Anna Dumitriu, David Blandy and Marianne Wilde for contributing their work to the exhibition. The exhibition was made possible by the support of the Grand Arcade, the Cambridge Festival, Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts, the HDBI Insights Group, Progress Educational Trust and researchers at the Wellcome/CRUK Gurdon Institute.