Neural Knitworks 2018

We are supporting Neural Knitworks, an International Collaboration between Sydney and Cambridge Universities by acting as a donation station, making neurons and potentially linking up experienced knitters/crocheters to volunteer as tutors for Cambridge’s Science Festival.

Find out more about Neural Knitworks below:

“Neural Knitworks is a collaborative project about mind and brain health.

Whether you’re a whiz with yarn, or just discovering the joy of craft, now you can crochet wrap, knit or knot—and find out about neuroscience.

During 2014 an enormous number of handmade neurons were donated (1665 in total!) and used to build a giant walk-in brain, as seen here at Hazelhurst Gallery. Since then Neural Knitworks have been held in dozens of communities across Australia and internationally, with installations created in Queensland, Canberra and Singapore.

Following a 2017 debut event at the Cambridge Science Festival in the UK and at Brainfest with Cambridge Neuroscience, in 2018 the Neural Knitworks team have been invited back to Cambridge  to work with Cambridge Science Festival, Cambridge Neuroscience and local science communicator Sophie Weeks to produce an  international Neural Knitworks project. Together we will hold Knitwork events in and around Cambridgeshire, and create a giant brain installation at the Science Festival.”

Our event is running on Sunday 4th March, 12 noon-4.30pm. We’ll be making Neurons to add to Cambridge’s installation. We are also acting as a donation station for yarn and neurons so please bring along and scraps or yarn you would like to donate and as many neurons as you can manage. Over 2000 neurons will make up the installation and your work can be part of this wonderful project that will be built within Central Cambridge.

If you can’t make our event but fancy getting involved, please download the pattern PDF here. You can post neurons and donated yarn to:

Cambridge Science Festival
The Old Schools
University of Cambridge
Trinity Lane

If you would like to teach during Cambridge Science Festival please email the volunteer team at Cambridge University here.

For more info about the Cambridge Science Festival and it’s hands on events please click here


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