The University Of Sheffield
Krebs Festival


Science/Art Commissions

Winter Garden Exhibition, 90 Surrey Street and KrebsFest Public Night, Firth Court, University of Sheffield

Come and experience all our science and art commissions at the Winter Garden Exhibition and KrebsFest Public Night.

No Greater Fear than the Unseen

No Greater Fear than the Unseen is an original arts project funded by the Arts Council and the University of Sheffield for KrebsFest. It is a three-way collaboration between international artist Luke Jerram, scientists from The Krebs Institute and two commissioned local arts organisations to explore how art can communicate complex scientific discoveries to the public and stimulate interest in the ‘unseen’ – the molecular level of microbiology that can only be viewed under a microscope. These commissions have enabled artists to bring fresh creative perspectives to the celebration of the life of Sir Hans Krebs, Nobel Prize winner.


Glass mitochondrion developed by Luke Jerram

Glass mitochondrion developed by Luke Jerram

As lead artist for the KrebsFest, Luke Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects to exemplify the unseen world of microbiology. Jerram has designed a 28-metre inflatable E.Coli bacterium, which was dramatically suspended from the ceiling of the Winter Garden in Sheffield – watch the video – and now moves to the University of Sheffield’s Firth Hall for KrebsFest Public Night; making the nano world larger than life. He has also developed a beautiful glass mitochondrion especially for the festival.

Luke Jerram’s global practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations, and live arts projects. For KrebsFest, Jerram has taken a curatorial and mentorship role; supporting the development of the two local artist commissions. Beyond his work with academics at the University of Sheffield, Luke Jerram is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of West of England.


Balbir Singh Dance Company

Balbir Singh Dance Company

The Balbir Singh Dance Company will perform short segues inspired by the motion of the Krebs Cycle. Working in patterns, sequences and numbers, Indian Kathak dance is the ideal vehicle to bring to life the order and sequence of the Krebs Cycle. A live musical score composed by Jesse Bannister accompanies the contemporary dance performances.

Bannister is a unique musician who is respected as the leading Indian Saxophonist in Europe and a global artist with an international reputation for original composition, outstanding performance and dynamic delivery. The intrigue, depth and imagination of the discovery is brought to life by the talented choreography of Balbir Singh whose previous work includes Synchronised for the Yorkshire Cultural Olympiad 2012; a spectacular large-scale pool-based performance involving over 100 dancers, synchronised swimmers and live musicians.

Watch the Balbir Singh dance performance on KrebsFest Public Night

3D shape of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) from jellyfish by Japanese artist Seiko Kinoshita


Seiko Kinoshita is a Japanese artist who uses traditional textile techniques to create contemporary art work and installations. Seiko has created a visual art installation using the form and patterns of origami to depict the movement and shape of lysosome proteins which are integral to the Krebs Cycle.

View Seiko’s work at the Winter Garden Exhibition (15 October–3 November) and KrebsFest Public Night (from Friday 13 November).


A work-in-progress reveal of Dr Florence Blanchard's Krebs cycle depiction

A work-in-progress reveal of Dr Florence Blanchard’s Krebs cycle depiction

Two pieces of artwork have also been specially commissioned for KrebsFest.

Portrait artist Keith Robinson has painted a striking and modern interpretation of Sir Hans Krebs to celebrate one of the greatest scientists of our time.

Painter, muralist and screenprinter Dr Florence Blanchard has created a depiction of the Krebs cycle conveying the complex scientific concepts in a powerful way.

Both portraits will be available to view on KrebsFest Public Night

An Urban Retreat – Inspired By The Krebs Cycle

The Krebs cycle and our relationship to the natural environment have inspired the development of proposals for the rejuvenation of the University of Sheffield garden on the corner of Durham Road and Clarkson Street.

Sheffield-based artists Owen Waterhouse and David Appleyard are working with Professor Nigel Dunnett of the University’s Department of Landscape to create a garden showcasing the best in urban planting design in combination with a feature artwork that draws people to the space. The proposals are currently in development and we expect to see activity on site during Autumn 2015 – check the project webpage for regular updates.