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Lucy Hutchinson, Léa Dalissier and Bradley Hamlin in the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine

Working in collaboration with Dr Francesca Spagnoli, Reader and Group Leader, Lucy Hutchinson, Léa Dalissier and Bradley Hamlin are resident in the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine working on 'Haruspex', a collaborative project exploring stem-cell research through art-making.

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The aims of the project are to create new methodologies and forms of exchange using art to explore how public awareness and public trust in science and stem-cell research can be improved. During the residency, the team will work with researchers, patients and the public through conversations, game-play, activities and field recordings to draw new connection points and increase understanding of research.   

In particular, the project aims to engage the public with the Centre’s research through exploring lived experiences of patients who have been or are looking to be treated with lab-grown cells. They will also engage researchers who are working with liver cells and developing new cell therapies, as well as healthcare professionals who perform their treatments. Following a period of research, findings will be developed and transformed using fiction as a method.   


Project team

After graduating from Medical School in Rome, Francesca Spagnoli received her PhD in Genetics from the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. She then did her postdoc at The Rockefeller University, New York, USA. In 2008, she established her own research group at the Max Delbrück Center in Berlin, Germany, where she initiated new lines of investigation on the control of pancreatic cell identity and lineage reprogramming strategies. Francesca has recently joined King's College London as a Reader and Group Leader in the CSCRM to continue her investigation on liver and pancreas cell identities.

Lucy, Léa and Bradley graduated from the MA Print course at The Royal College of Art in 2019. They create work in multiple media including, simulations, CGI, printmaking and installation. Collectively, they are interested in how art and academia can work together to create new ways of understanding the world through hands-on-activities and critical discussion.

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