Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre

Staff Profile

Dr Marianne Wilde

Research Associate



As a visual artist and academic my work focuses on the relationship between art and science and with collaborative and interactive contemporary arts projects between the artist’s studio and the scientific laboratory. In particular my work considers the methods and materials that are used to visualise the medicalised and diseased human body and the ways in which, in particular, genetic diseases are visually, linguistically and culturally represented. Since the ‘genetic revolution’ visualisations of disease and illness have become increasingly microscopic and as the ‘invisible’ world of disease emerges through advanced technology questions arise as to how we can articulate a discourse between how we see and how we say disease - how can we read the story that the body is writing?


2012  PhD Research (AHRC Funded)  Northumbria University
2007 MA Art Practice: Fine Art Northumbria University
2000 MA Creative Writing, Northumbria University
1997 BA English & History Northumbria University

Previous Posts

  • Research Associate, PEALS, Newcastle University
  • Research Associate, Dementia & Imagination, Newcastle University
  • HEIF Fellow, Medical Humanities, Northumbria University
  • Research Fellowship, Newcastle University/Great North Museum
  • Research Associate, Jetty Project, Newcastle University
  • Research Assistant, Northumbria University



My particular research interest is concerned with the visual and linguistic methods used by researchers, clinicians and patients to communicate the complexities of genetic research and disease and my focus is on producing work that is stimulated by, and responds to, the difficulties of this type of communication.  Working in an interdisciplinary way allows for the exchange of ideas, methodologies and materials and encourages the consideration of the creative acts that occur for the scientist as well as the artist, as whilst art can challenge it can also aid understanding and create new narratives and ways of seeing.

Through collaborations with research scientists and clinicians I produce work that is stimulated by and responds to the micro and often invisible world of genetic research. From 2009 to 2012 I worked in collaboration with research scientists at the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle and the TREAT-NMD Network conducting a practice led research PhD into the visualisations of rare, genetic muscle diseases.  Since then I have worked on a number of collaborative projects in order to develop artistic and creative ways to communicate genetic disease and bio medical research. As a Research Fellow at the Great North Museum I carried out research around the now extinct Great Auk,  the work and exhibition considered some of the ethical challenges around the genetic technologies that we are currently using for gene editing in particular CRISPR cas9 –and how this can be used in de-extinction projects.

Solo Exhibitions

2016 A Bird in the Hand…, The Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne

2012 The Unsolved Case (Der ungelöste Fall), International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

2011 Presents as... International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 A Foreign Encounter, Galerie FOE, Munich, Germany

2014 Proof, Ex-Libris Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

2012 Teaser, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne

2012 Intersections, International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

2011 Fresh, XL Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

2009 Reflexivity, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge

2008 British Glass Biennale, Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge

2008 New Blood, Saltburn Gallery, Saltburn by the Sea

2008 Postgraduates Art Show, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset

2007 Postgraduate Degree Show, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

Arts Projects/Collaborations

2013 Conversation Pieces, AHRC Cultural Engagement Research Project, BALTIC 39

2012 Shadowland Photo-Poetry for ESRC Genomics Network, Edinburgh University

With Professor Volker Straub, University of Newcastle

2009 Time Flies, Amble, Haltwhistle, Seahouses, Northumberland

2008 Site Lines, Carlisle Park Sculpture Trail, Carlisle Park, Morpeth, Northumberland

2006 Future Platforms, Public Art, Architecture Week, North Tyneside

Collaboration: Glass Arc

 2005 Talking Posts: Public Art Installation, Blyth, Northumberland

Collaboration: Henry Amos


2012 Intersections Exhibition/Panel Discussion 2012 Science Festival

As part of Newcastle Science Festival Northumbria University and the Centre for Life held an exhibition and panel discussion. Can art influence science and does science influence art?