Active [Drawing] Matter

The video is the outcome of a residency at the University of Bristol (2019) with Dr. Silke Henkes who is researching Active Matter systems. Active Matter is the patterns of collective movement typically generated by flocks of birds, swarms of bees or the division of cells. It is a growing area of research in Applied Mathematics. The work comprises of a mechanical device activated by vibrations from speakers emitting the sound of bees swarming to propel chalks across a circular blackboard.

Connecting Yarns

Reacting to the intricacies of Blackburn Yarn Dyers’ colour lab, Manchester-based artist Daksha Patel’s, Connecting Yarn is a beautiful interpretation of the protein molecule, kerotene – found in wool. The installation turns the complex and highly mathematical science of yarn dyeing into a visual spectacle. Patel’s focus on science and visualisation technologies deeply informs her residency, delving into the often unspoken art of meticulous dyeing. Using wool, light manipulation and found objects from the factory floor, this series of sculptural structures explore the relationship between the fibres and chemical process, whilst gently exploring the long history of women’s work inside the factory.


In this thought-provoking display, artist Daksha Patel explores the complex relationships between people and water in South Asia. The title ‘Pani’ is the word for water across large parts of the region.

Using symbols drawn on terracotta water containers and vibrant maps, Daksha draws attention to the environmental threats facing rivers and water courses, and the challenges encountered by the people and wildlife that depend upon this most precious resource.