The Garden Shed Lab

Garden Shed Lab, Kira O'Reilly with Valerie Furnham, Columba Quigley, Genevieve Maxwell
Garden Shed Lab, Kira O'Reilly with Valerie Furnham, Columba Quigley, Genevieve Maxwell

A 2011 installation associated with the exhibition, Laboratory Life, at Lighthouse in Brighton, and toured at Microwave Festival in Hong Kong later that year (2011).

This group, led by artist Kira O'Reilly and in collaboration with Valerie Furnham, Columba Quigley and Genevieve Maxwell, exhibited work-in-progress featuring a garden shed lab containing a self-made sterile hood incubator, lab equipment and photographs and video made on site. The goal, using 100 years-old tissue culture technology, was to create cell cultures from incubated chick embryos and to re-create Thomas Strangeways' 1926 tissue culture experimentation.

Laboratory Life the result of nine days in a collaborative open laboratory, was an exhibition of five bioscience-themed projects created by twenty one international artists, scientists and doctors conceived and led by Andy Gracie (based upon Media Lab Prado's model), and organised by The Arts Catalyst and Lighthouse Arts.