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Yas Crawford is a Fine Art Photographer, Visual Artist and multidisciplinary collaborator who has exhibited internationally. Crawford is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and a Fellow of the Geological Society. She was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales where the landscape and biological make-up have subliminally influenced her work. With a degree in Geology and a master’s in Photography, Crawford has worked in various business roles, as an entrepreneur in life sciences, and is now working in what she calls ‘The Grey Space’ in between disciplines. Crawford's research touches on mapping evolutionary change and reflects the impact it has on mankind. Mapping Theory is an integral part of her body of work. 

Crawford's artwork has been recognised with several international awards including: Winner of the Art of Neuroscience Award 2021 for CognitionIX, which is on permanent display at the NetherlandsInstitute of Neurosciences, Winner of the Land Air 4.0 Quasi QuadroAward 2021 for Inception I where she was awarded her first solo exhibition Cellular Flow, I've been thinking... Turin21-22and she was a Finalist of the RPS Science Photographer of the Year 2019 for Oxygen Ib

Multidisciplinary collaborations and her work in The Grey Space include a neurological project/video animation with Tehran University of Art, an evolutionary biology project with Nottingham University, research on mapping neural activity in the brain for The Neuronal Signalling Group, Australia NationalUniversity, Canberra and PhD research on the immune system of M.E/CFS patients, Quadram Institute of Biosciences, Norwich. Her work continues in Rotterdam with the Erasmus MC and the neurological research team. Future projects include collaborations in neurology and cellular biology. 


EXHIBITIONS.

2024

COMING SOON....

The Geological Society. The Earth's Canvas: Exploring Geology in Creativity. 16-19 Sep 24

IMAGE: Inception O

2023

Art of Neuroscience Awards, Singelkirk, Amsterdam, as winner of the AON Award, 2021 by Netherlands Institute of Neurosciences, where the image is permanently displayed. 

IMAGE: Cognition IX

Future Planet Exhibition, MYO. London Aug 22 - Aug 23.

IMAGES: Inception Ia, II, IV and Frozen I at  A Space for Art.

2022

Darkness Falls, Group Exhibition. Decode Gallery, Tucson Arizona

IMAGE: Floral II

Quasi Quadro Land Air 4.0 Solo Exhibition Award. 'Cellular Flow, I've been thinking...' Solo exhibition images and video installation. Turin 21-22

SERIES: Cellular Flow + Images Inception I & II

2021

Photography Now Group Exhibition. 'Blood, Cells & Neurons. Brick Lane Gallery, London. 

A SELECTION OF IMAGES: Blood FlowCellular Flow, The 8th Sense, BioMapping

DecontextsMillepiani Group Exhibition Space, Rome.

IMAGE: Cellular IIa

2020

The Man and the Machine, Millepiani Exhibition Space, Rome.  

IMAGES: Laboratory I & II Exhibition

2019

RPS Science Photographer of the Year 2019 Finalist Exhibition. Science Museum, London

IMAGE: Oxygen Ib

International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Palazzo Velli, Rome. Rome Art Week. 

IMAGES: Interoception tiled, Three Ways and The 8th Sense. 

International ME/CFS CONFERENCE 2019. IIMEC14, Institute of Civil Engineers, London. 

A Broken Biochemistry. Solo photography exhibition and film evening, Devon, UK 

ONLINE EXHIBITIONS. 2019-present

Camelback Gallery, Arizona, Women's History Month for Alternative Processes, Pint of Science Festival, Contemporary Art Collectors, ArtDoc Magazine, Analogue Forever Magazine, Lenscratch Magazine, Landings Post Graduate Exhibition, Falmouth University.


RESIDENCIES


Joy Air (arte+ecologie), Spain. September 2023


FEATURES.

FEATURED IN

ARTICLES/INTERVIEWS/PODCASTS

'The Grey Space' Podcast for Kingston University, series of podcasts on art and science. 2024

L'oeil de la Photographie: The Questionnaire by Carole Schmitz. 2023

Gold Circle Interview. Nature Energy Technology. 2023. Here  

RPS Women in Photography, Mapping as a Philosophy.  2022

RPS Journal, 'How I did this' Creation of Torn VIII. 2022

Medium. Interview with the Istanbul Chronicle. The Grey Space  2022

Scientific American. Inspired by Chronic Illness, She Made Award-Winning Art about the Brain.  2021

Open Medicine Foundation. Interview on winning the Art of Neuroscience Award 2021. Representing Chronic Illness with Art

Outside In.Org Autumn News. 2021

M.E Essentials Magazine. (M.E Association) Art of Neuroscience Award  2021

Artfolio Book 2021. Top 100 abstract artist. Best in Show. Torn I

Lounge 2, Vol II Book. Moonlight Sonata. 2021

ArtDoc Magazine. Inner World 2021

AAP Magazine. Modern Photographer 2021. Portfolio 

LiP Chronicles  Life under Lockdown  2020.

Contemporary Art Curator Magazine.  Here. 2020

Quadram Institute of Biosciences News.  Art & Science Uncover M.E  2019

M.E Essentials Magazine. (M.E Association) Art, Imagery and M.E. Autumn. 2019

Post Graduate Source Magazine. Ireland. 2019

AWARDS

Creative Climate Challenge, 2024 Shortlisted for  Nature Energy Technology Images. 

Camelback Gallery Bronze Award. 2022. Arizona, Abstract in Blue.

Alternative Processes. Finalist for Women's History Month with Nature Energy Technology. 2022 

Budapest International Foto Awards, Silver Award (BIFA) for a Personal Portfolio. 2021 The Edge of Sentience. 

Budapest International Foto Awards Silver, Science. 2021. The EYE. Read more. 

Tokyo International Awards, Honorable mention.TIFA. 2021. Fine Art Abstract. Torn I

Quasi Quadro Artist Award. 2022 QQ ART

Land Air 4.0 Quasi Quadro Award. 2021. Nature, Technology, Energy. Winner of the Solo Exhibition, Turin Italy. Inception I & II & Solo Exhibition, Cellular Flow, I've been thinking...

Art of Neurosciences Award. 2021. Winning image. 'Cognition IX'. Netherlands Institute of Neurosciences. 

Artfolio. 2021. Best in Show of 100 international abstract artists. Torn I & Cognition VII

Moscow International Foto Awards, Silver Award (MIFA) Science -Medical. 2021.Blood, Cells & Neurons 

Tokyo International Awards, Honorable mentions (TIFA). 2020. Honorable mentions for the image Oxygen Ib 

Artist of the Future Award. 2020. Contemporary Art Curator Magazine. Blood Cells & Neurons 

AAP Magazine,  Modern Photographer 2020-Present.  A Biological Journey. 

AAP Magazine #14, Colours, Merit Award for the image 'Pthalo Blue'. 2020

15th Pollux Awards Honourable Mention for Alternative Processes during Lockdown. Series Lombardy.  2020

Royal Photographic Society, Science Photographer of the Year 2019 Finalist. Image, Oxygen Ib. Guardian

Associate of the Royal Photographic Society Award. ARPS. 2019


COLLABORATIONS.


Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam. Neurology / Cellular Project Ongoing. 

3D Animation. Collaboration with MSc Animation Graduate from Tehran University of Art, on the production of an animated video for the Exhibition Cellular Flow Barge, Turin. ( As winner of the Quasi Quadro Land Air 4.0 Award)

Journal Front Cover. John Curtin School of Medicine, ANU, Canberra. Front covers for PhD research on neuron activity, in particular for behaviours that are regulated by the superior colliculus. The Eye

Emergent mixed media. Flow, Interrupted. A collaboration with Associate Professor Sophie Evolutionary Biologist, Nottingham University.  Flow, Interrupted an emergent mixed media piece created for the Pint of Science Festival May-June 2021. 

PhD Research Imagery. Quadram Institute of Biosciences. Norwich. Immune Dysfunction & Gut Health. Images for PhD research and exhibition at International scientific conference IIMEC14. Press Releases. 

Web images & Project Research. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. London. Virology and Gene research. 

Editorial Images. M.E Association. London. Sampling & Biobanking. 

Clinical Trial Images. Clinical Imaging and Sciences Centre. Brighton. Post Exertional Malaise Clinical Trial Images. 


GRANTS


Andrew Edney Award, Outside In. 2021

Format US Award for emerging artists during Covid-19. 2020


LECTURES.


The Grey Space. London Independent Photographers AGM, Bromley Camera Club, Arts & Health Hub, Peer Group. 

The Edge of Sentience with Grace Crawford. Lenses of Croydon.

Why I Love being a Photographer Visual Marshmallows. Three minute talk.

An Art Science Collaboration. Mapping I, Art and Science. Local Group, Devon

Why we need art in Science. Falmouth University MA Photography FMP Talk.


PUBLICATIONS.


An Art Science Collaboration. Hand-Made 32-page fine-art book self-published book. 

An Artist Sketchbook for 'Arts in Health'. Hand-Made 32-page fine-art book created 


WORKSHOPS/

MENTORING.


Professional Practice Mentoring. Graduates Yas Crawford Photography

Small Business Mentoring. Small Businesses (SME). Yas Crawford Consultancy

Professional Practice Mentoring. Photograd

The Art of Chronic Illness. Art Therapy Workshops for those with long-term chronic illness.

Summer Art Therapy Face to face and online workshop for those with M.E/CFS.


EDUCATION. 

Photographic Artist and Multidisciplinary Nice Person!

Career.

Yas Crawford Photography Limited. Present. 

Director & Owner of various life sciences companies 2001 - present. 

Various specialist and pharmaceutical roles: Novartis, Roche, AstraZeneca. 1989-2001 

Microbiological Methods, Biomerieux. 1997-2001 

Business Mentor: Business Wales & BIP. 

Board Advisor for several Art and Science SME's

Education.

MA Photography (Distinction), Falmouth University. UK. 

BSC (Hons) Geology, Cardiff University. UK. 

Additional Education/Courses.

After Effects, London College of Communications, 2022. 

Mapping Worlds: Medieval to Modern. Warburg Institute. London. 2022

Final Cut Pro. Platform. London. 2021

The Art of Publication. Node. Berlin. 2021

Curating in Art, Science & Technology. Node. Berlin. 2020

Creative Forms of Art Criticism and Writing. Node. Berlin. 2019

Several Business Courses including: Corporate Strategy, Change Management, Leadership, Tech Transfer, Pharmaceutical Product Development, GXP, Project Management.

Microbiological Methods, BioMérieux. France.

Applied Geophysics, Paleomagnetism, Structural Geology, Keele University. 

Certificate of Education, Keele University. 


SELECTED CLIENTS


John Curtin School of Medicine, ANU, Canberra, Aerona Healthcare Limited, Quadram Institute of Biosciences, Norwich, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, M.E Association, Clinical Imaging and Sciences Centre, Brighton, Liquiem, Private commissions.

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