Marianne Wild

Research Associate


I am a visual artist and academic with a background in two disciplines, that of the visual arts and creative writing. In 2009 I was awarded an AHRC PhD studentship to work with research scientists at the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle, to conduct practice led research into the visualisations of disease and linguistic metaphors used in biomedical genetic research. This was completed in 2012.

Since then, my arts practice and research focus has been on the relationship between art and science and with collaborative arts projects between the artist’s studio and the scientific laboratory. My work considers the methods and materials that are used to visualise the medicalised and diseased human body since the advent of the ‘genetic revolution’; the ways in which genetic diseases and medical technologies are visually, linguistically and culturally represented and in the cultural narratives that are constructed around these representations. I am interested in the historical and cultural contexts in which medical/genetic information is created and how these impact on the construction of the visual and linguistic methods and materials of explanation that are used by clinicians and researchers and ultimately patients.

Since the ‘genetic revolution’ visualisations of disease and illness have become increasingly microscopic and as the ‘invisible’ world of disease emerges through advanced technologies 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?

Solo Exhibitions

2022 Chapbook, Newcastle Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne

2020 Evolution or Revolution? The Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne

2019 PEALS 20th Anniversary Exhibition, The Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne

2017 Strange Harvest, The Old Low Light Heritage Centre, North Shields, Tyne & Wear

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

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

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


Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Origins & Endings, The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

2019 Black Box Pop up Cinema, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle upon Tyne

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

BSI Create SEED Award with Dr Robert Banks (Biophysical Sciences Institute Durham University) 2022

2015 – 2016 A Bird in the Hand…, Research Fellowship, Great North Museum

2013 Conversation Pieces, AHRC Cultural Engagement Research Project, BALTIC 39 & Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle

2012 Shadowland Photo-Poetry for ESRC Genomics Network, Edinburgh University with Professor Volker Straub, University of Newcastle

2009 – 2012 Collaborative PhD, TREAT-NMD, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle