Art at George Davies Centre

Art Exhibitions at the
George Davies Centre

Funding from the Edith Murphy Foundation has allowed us to open up the George Davies Centre to the public. The beautiful, light-flooded atrium makes for a perfect exhibition space.

Introducing our GDC Coordinator

Nicola is an experienced creative producer, curator and qualified teacher with a rich and varied career of over 15 years’ of working in the arts. Her passion lies in the connection between arts, creativity and education. In this new role, Nicola can see endless scope to forge exciting, inspiring and meaningful bonds between the arts, science, research and the wider community – providing opportunities for new collaborations and meaningful artwork to be made.

Current Exhibition:

Dr Jonny Acheson, Parkinson's Portrayed

February until end of March 2020

Parkinson’s Portrayed presents a series of 32 informative illustration by Dr Jonny Acheson, an Emergency Medicine Consultant in Leicester and Lead for Clinical Assessment at the University of Leicester Medical School, each representing a symptom of Parkinson’s disease.

This exhibition gives a unique insight into a disease that many people have heard of, but one which is greatly misunderstood.

About Jonny

Dr Jonny Acheson is an Emergency Medicine Consultant in Leicester and Lead for Clinical Assessment at the University of Leicester Medical School, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2016, aged 41.

Jonny continues to work full time in the NHS and University of Leicester and plans to continue to sketch as long as he can as he finds it therapeutic.

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Previous Exhibitions

Portrait of Emma Fay painting

Emma Fay: Resilience

Exhibited from June 2019 until February 2020

Wellbeing is a general term that has increasingly entered our everyday conversations. The Resilience artworks explore a deeper, more personal view of what wellbeing and the term “strength” means to individuals, with intent to serve as a reminder that we all have our own view of what it means to be well and resilient.

Working with participants of the Zfit Community and members of the public to understand their impressions of wellbeing and mental health through the topic of ‘Resilience’; following one-to-one interviewing, Emma visually portrayed their perceptions of “Where do you draw your strengths from” through the medium of body art.

Cepheus painting by Angie Roberts

The University of Leicester: Rethink Your Mind

Exhibited from April until June 2019

The University of Leicester Yellow Book was been created in partnership with Rethink Your Mind as part of the Health Matters initiative. It features photography, art, poetry and illustrations submitted by students and staff inspired by the #IFeelBetterWhen movement and has been designed as a source of inspiration for anyone wanting to positively support their mental health and wellbeing using various tips and techniques, including creative expression. An exhibition of the 30 chosen finalists was displayed in the George Davies Centre. 

Artwork pictured: Cepheus by Angie Roberts

Somatic Identities series n painting by Stefania Laccu

Stefania Laccu: Somatic Identities

Exhibited from January to March 2019

Stefania Laccu’s research is rooted the field of painting and mental illnesses.  Somatic Symptom Disorders (SSD) is a condition in which emotional distress such as anxiety affects the body, generating physical discomfort and pain; there is not a proper cure. Her works embody the manifestation and the course of a somatic disorder within the body, through a technique she calls Overlapping.

“My investigation presents the materiality of the medium of painting, its practice and quality of its surface as a human body, where somatic disorders are stored then manifested, says Stefania Laccu. “The incarnated memory of the experience of living with (SSD) generates what I call somatic identities, expressed in painting.”

Artwork pictured: Somatic Identities, series n by Stefania Laccu

Catching the Wind artwork by Jo Dacombe

Jo Dacombe: Microseasons

Exhibited from January to March 2019

Jo Dacombe’s interests include mapping, walking, public space, sense of place, layers of history and the power of objects. Developing from her original practice as a painter, Jo now creates work, installations and interventions through a variety of media. From 2014 – 2016 Jo was Artist in Residence in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester, and an Honorary Visiting Fellow until 2018.

Jo is currently working on a collaborative project, Imagining Woodlands, a cross-disciplinary project with science, archaeology, literature and art to explore perceptions of forests and woodlands in the UK. Jo often works with museums, galleries and heritage, exploring the power of objects and landscapes. She works across the East Midlands, nationally and sometimes internationally.

Artwork pictured: Catching the Wind: October 1, 2018 by Jo Dacombe

Cover of The Weight of Expectation comic

Jade Sarson & Oli Williams: The Weight of Expectation

Exhibited from November 2018 to January 2019

Sociologist Dr Oli Williams and illustrator Jade Sarson worked together to create a comic about the stigma faced by obese people on a daily basis. Using research, interviews and photography, the group created the Weight of Expectation, a piece that challenged readers’ views of obesity that are prevalent within society.

Artwork pictured: The Weight of Expectation Comic Cover by Jade Sarson

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