Award winning artist, Karen Conway, was selected in 2019 to create the CÚRAM community art science commission for the east side communities of Ballybane and Doughiska. Karen worked closely with Dr Pau Redon Lurbe, one of Professor William Wijns researchers. Prof Wijns is an expert in cardiology and is leading a €5 million research project, which will develop wearable sensors to alert patients at high risk of heart attacks to triggers such as stress or high blood pressure. In addition to cardiovascular research, Karen also looked at staining techniques with Dr Jill McMahon. Dr Olena Kudina helped Karen with research in the CÚRAM lab. Karen delivered workshops at the Ballybane Library, Ard Family Resource Centres and at Merlin College School.
Karen also incorporated the theme of active travel into her work for the commission following a meeting with community representatives. Karen’s finished work will be installed in the Ballybane Library, the Ard Family Resource Centre, and Merlin College School, later in 2020.