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Designs for Life is an innovative fusion of science and art resulting from a collaboration between The Oxford Trust, Diamond Light Source and the Oxfordshire Federation of the Women’s Institute (WI). The project has been funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The 30 panels that make up ‘Designs for Life’ depict in textile art some of the ‘dangerously beautiful’ viruses and diseases such as breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, malaria, HIV and flu that are likely to be investigated as part of the health-related scientific research at Diamond Light Source. The project aimed to promote a better understanding of how science at Diamond Light Source can help unlock the secrets of these diseases.

Under the guidance of leading textile artist, Anne Griffiths, over 1000 scientists and members of the WI have contributed to the translation of 30 designs into stunning textile art. ‘Designs for Life’, is one of the largest art/science projects in the UK and Oxfordshire.

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