Heather Barnett

Social Implementation

Heather Barnett

Visiting Associate Professor

Art and scienceTransdisciplinary methodsLiving systemsSelf-assemblyEmergence


Heather Barnett is an artist, researcher and educator working with natural phenomena and complex systems. She is Pathway Leader on the MA Art and Science and Convenor of the Art and Living Systems Lab at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London), UK, a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow, and chairs London LASER, a regular talks series on the intersections of art and science.
Barnett has held Research Fellowships at the University of Sussex, the University of Swansea and the London School of Economics, and consulted on arts, health and science projects for organisations such as the Wellcome Trust and the Science Museum. She has exhibited widely in art galleries, science museums and public venues, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, Wellcome Collection (London), the Pompidou Centre (Paris), the New Institute (Rotterdam), and Observatory (New York). She is a Visiting Associate Professor in the School of Materials and Chemical Technology at Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Expectations for WRHI

Working with the Hara Lab, Barnett will develop novel interdisciplinary collaborative practices and foster discussions around science & technology and art & design hybrid innovation and speculative design. She will particularly focus on how we observe, influence and understand self-assemblies, networks, systems and ecologies, and the underlying principles of emergence in natural and cultural systems.


Convenor: Art & Living Systems Lab, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London


Honorary Research Fellow,  School of Biosciences, Swansea University


Convenor: Art/Design and Science Research Group, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London


Recorder: Science and the Arts section, British Science Association


Chair: London LASER, art & science talks series in association with Leonardo / ISAST


Pathway Leader: MA Art & Science (0.4), Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London


Senior Lecturer in Art / Science (0.4), University of Westminster


Broad Vision art/science research and learning project: Project Director: University of Westminster


Visiting Fellow, Institute of Social Psychology, London School of Economics


Senior Lecturer in Photographic Arts (0.4), University of Westminster


Research Fellow in Art & Science, University of Sussex, AHRB/ACE funded


UAL Teaching Award, University of the Arts London


National Teaching Fellow, Higher Education Academy


Learning and Teaching Fellow, University of Westminster


BBH Award for Best Use of Visual Art in Healthcare for Flow


Barnett, H.(2019) Many-Headed: Co-creating with the Collective in Slime Mould in Arts and Architecture (ed. Andrew Adamatzky). River Publishers.


Barnett, H. Being Other Than We Are… in PUBLIC Journal #59 Interspecies Communication, Summer 2019 (Ed. Tromble, M and Olynyk, P).


Barnett, H. The Liquidity of Knowledge: learning across disciplinary divides in For the Love of Learning, Palgrave Macmillan (2013)


Barnett, Heather and Smith, John R. A. (2013) Broad Vision: the Art & Science of Looking The STEAM Journal: Vol. 1: Iss. 1, Article 21.


Barnett, H., [ed] (2012) with contributions from student and staff researchers. Broad Vision: Inspired by… Images from Science. London, University of Westminster.


Barnett, H. & Smith, J.R.A., [ed] (2011) with contributions from student and staff researchers. Broad Vision: The Art & Science of Looking. London, University of Westminster.


Barnett, Heather & Holloway, Will (2011); Flow: Guy’s Hospital Cancer Day Unit Art Project


Barnett, Heather & Shinkle, Eugenie; Mobilising Ideas: ctlad conference, New York, USA
published in: Enhancing Curricula: using research and enquiry to inform student learning in the disciplines, ed: Houghton, Nicholas; Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art & Design (cltad), 2008: 4th International Conference


Barnett, Heather & Whittle, Robert; Drawing the Line, Leonardo Journal, Vol 39, No 5 2006