Neurocraft is a collaboration between the Manitoba Neuroscience Network and the Manitoba Craft Council. This program explores the connections between art and science, and by doing so, aims to make neuroscience more accessible to the public. It also provides Manitoba artists with opportunities to expand their practice and pursue new creative directions.

“Exhibit” by Ann Stinner, 2016; Canson Mi-Teinte and Japanese paper, polyester webbing, acrylic inks, cotton embroidery thread, bookcloth. Photo credit – Karen Asher

Neurocraft Winnipeg

In 2014, nine MNN researchers were paired with nine artists working a variety of media, including ceramics, fibre art, printmaking, bookbinding, and video. Through discussions and laboratory visits, the artists created pieces inspired by their partners’ research and their own personal experiences. The resulting works were exhibited at the University of Manitoba’s John Buhler Research Centre Atrium from March 3-17, 2017 in conjunction with Brain Awareness Week.

Photo credit – Leif Norman


The MNN and MCC also hosted several other public events in conjunction with the exhibition, including a panel discussion with the artists and scientists, and a craft workshop for Health Sciences Centre and University of Manitoba staff and students.


Media Coverage of Neurocraft

Cover story in the March 14, 2017 issue of Galleries West magazine: Art Meets Neuroscience

CBC Manitoba: Blood, brains and mushrooms: Neurocraft exhibition opens in Winnipeg

Winnipeg Free Press: The beauty of brainstorming: Collaborations between craft artists and neuroscientists show promising results at HSC

UM Today: Neurocraft: Exhibit explores the art and-science of the brain

Neurocraft Montreal

A second Neurocraft exhibition was held May 27 – June 24, 2017 at the Visual Voice Gallery in Montreal. In addition to the public opening, a special reception was held for members of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience as part of the 11th Annual Meeting. Please visit the Visual Voice Gallery‘s web site to learn more about their mission and to see images from the Neurocraft exhibition.


2018 & Future Exhibitions

We were very happy to have a new Neurocraft exhibition held in Winnipeg in March, 2018 at the new C2 Centre for Craft! We hope to continue this in the coming years. Revisit this page and the Manitoba Craft Council web site for exhibition updates, and announcements regarding the recruitment of new artists and scientists for the next phase of Neurocraft!

Neurocraft Funders and Partners