It’s a question of art versus science as the World Science Festival returns to Brisbane later this month

After huge success with its first ever Brisbane based run in 2016, the World Science Festival will once again host a series of events in the River City. Organised by the Queensland Museum Network, a selection of events at this year’s festival will celebrate the relationship between art and science.

Traditionally recognised as two very separate entities, a trio of presentations by key note speakers from the US and right here in Australia will instead explore the close, symbiotic relationship between the two disciplines.

First up is The Colours of Space and Time: Japanese painters and printmakers between two eras, on Thursday March 23rd. Led by Marco Leona, head of the Department of Scientific Research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, attendees will discuss how Katsushika Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1831) illustrates the relationship between technology and aesthetics, capturing the changing face of Japan at the time of its production.

Sunday March 26th sees a double bill of events. In the afternoon a panel of speakers will discuss societal perceptions of art and science, and the value we place on each discipline in When Science Meets Art: An Enduring Entanglement, while later in the day Andrew Peele and Michael Varcoe-Cocks share the story behind their own art-meets-science discovery, finding a hidden image beneath Edgar Degas’ Portrait of a Woman, in Degas Revealed: The Science Behind The Art.

The World Science Festival Brisbane will take place from March 22nd until March 26th. The Brisbane based Queensland Museum Network holds the exclusive rights to WSF events for the Asia Pacific region, making this one festival you don’t want to miss out on!

To book tickets for any of the above events, or to see the full calendar of events, please see the World Science Festival Brisbane website.