Chimera was created in 2014 by Andrea Fitzpatrick, who acted as its director and programmer, and funded through the Science Foundation Ireland Discover award. Chimera hosted two artists in residence, Siobhan McGibbon and Joanna Hopkins, and a student project comprising of eleven students from the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. Students from the CCAM included: Blaithin Hughes, Connor Robertson, Elizabeth Lartey, Ewa Zdybel, Helena Grady, Katie Higgins, Lisa Conroy, Mark White, Nicole Roan, Therese Murphy and Tom McLean.

The focus of the Chimera Art and Science Programme was to develop a visual arts research project within the CÚRAM laboratories, exploring experimental practice and investigating the resulting composite space of enquiry. Artists were given full access to the CÚRAM laboratories and its staff. Artist studio spaces were situated near the beautiful Aula Maxima. For more information, please contact andreafitzpatrick100@gmail.com.

CÚRAM is the National Centre for Research in Medical Devices funded by Science Foundation Ireland and industry partners. Based at NUI Galway, CÚRAM is directed by Professor Abhay Pandit. CÚRAMs research aims to radically improve health outcomes for patients with chronic and degenerative disease through the development of ‘smart’ implantable medical devices. www.curamdevices.ie