Art of Science Online Exhibition

Art of Science Online Exhibition

Explore the beauty of medical research from the comfort of your lounge room

WEHI's Art of Science exhibition is a showcase of the 25 finalists from our annual Art of Science competition.

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This free three-dimensional online exhibition experience is a feast for the senses. Featuring a selection of stunning still and moving images captured by WEHI scientists in the course of their research, the exhibition is accompanied by a captivating soundtrack provided by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in a true collaboration of art and science. 

Attendees get a ‘backstage pass’ into the laboratory as they are taken on a visual journey of biomedical exploration and discovery, made possible by WEHI's state-of-the-art imaging facilities.


About WEHI's Art of Science competition

Lisa Gorman
2021 Art of Science judge Lisa Gorman

The Art of Science exhibition is also a showcase of 25 finalists from WEHI's annual Art of Science competition, which was founded in 1997 by former Institute director Professor Suzanne Cory.

This year, our guest judge is Melburnian, creative director and founder of Gorman, Lisa Gorman.  

Having spent her early career working as a nurse at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, she brings her passion for science and flair for design to the judging panel.

“I’m very excited to to be judging the Art of Science competition this year,” she said.  

"There were so many magnificent, interesting and alluring works to choose from."


Online gallery troubleshooting

  • For the best user experience please view the gallery via your desktop/PC or laptop.

  • Only the latest mobile devices will support the 3D web-based platform. Please note you may have limited functionality if you view the gallery on a mobile device.

  • We recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome as your browser to access the gallery. The experience should also work on the latest versions of Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge.

  • If you can’t hear the MSO soundtrack when you enter the gallery, check your volume settings or headphones.

  • If you get an error message when you try to access the gallery, it is most likely because your browser isn’t compatible with the platform. Download the latest version of Google Chrome and try again.

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Navigating the online gallery

 Upon entering the virtual gallery, you will arrive in the foyer which provides information about the exhibition, the music performed by the MSO and guest judge Lisa Gorman. The soundtrack can be switched on and off using the icon in the top right corner.

The black panel to the left of screen will help guide you through the virtual gallery. Click on the blue arrows on the floor to move into the gallery and navigate toward the artworks.

To view a specific artwork, either click the blue anchors on the floor or you can navigate using the arrows at the bottom of the screen or by scrolling with your mouse.

Click on an artwork for information about the image and the artist/s. Select the Links/Resources tab for further information about the latest research and imaging technology. From there you can manually click to the next artwork using the navigate arrows at the bottom, or via the blue anchors on the floor.

To enter the People’s Choice Award click on the ‘Vote’ button associated with your favourite artwork.

2021 competition finalists

For alternative access to view this year's finalists scroll through our carousel:




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