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Yas Crawford is a Fine Art Photographer and Visual Artist 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, 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 over the last two years with several international awards including Winner of the Art of Neuroscience Award 2021 for Cognition IX, which is on permanent display at the Netherlands Institute of NeurosciencesWinner of the Land Air 4.0 Quasi Quadro Award 2021 for Inception I, Finalist of the RPS Science Photographer of the Year 2019 for Oxygen Ib. Crawford held her first solo exhibition Cellular Flow, I've been thinking... Turin 11 Dec 2021 to 25 Feb 2022.

Multidisciplinary collaborations and her work in The Grey Space include: a neurological project/video animation with a MSc Animation graduate from Tehran University of Art 2021-2022, an evolutionary biology project with Nottingham University/UK Pint of Science, research on mapping neural activity in the brain for The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU, 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 further collaborations in neurology and cellular biology. 




EXHIBITIONS.

2023

FUTURE PLANET GROUP EXHIBITION.  A space for Art. MYO, Liverpool Street, London24 Feb 23 - 24 Aug 23.

IMAGES: Inception Ia, II, IV and Frozen I

2022

DARKNESS FALLS group Exhibition. Decode Gallery, Tucson Arizona

IMAGE: Floral II

CELLULAR FLOW, I'VE BEEN THINKING... Solo exhibition images and video installation. Land Air 4.0 Award, Quasi Quadro, Turin. 

SERIES: Cellular Flow + Images Inception I & II

2021

BLOOD, CELLS AND NEURONS. Photography Now Group Exhibition, 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 21019 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. 

IMAGES: A collection of images related to PhD research on M.E/CFS displayed alongside scientific posters. Institute of Civil Engineers. London, Institute of Civil Engineers. 

A BROKEN BIOCHEMISTRY. Solo photography exhibition and film evening. Ashburton, Devon. 

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/INTERVIEWS

2019-2023

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

Gold Circle Interview. Nature Energy Technology. Here  

RPS Women in Photography, Mapping as a Philosophy.  

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

Medium. Interview with the Istanbul Chronicle. The Grey Space  

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

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. 

ArtDoc Magazine. Inner World

AAP Magazine. Portfolio

LiP Chronicles  Life under Lockdown  

Contemporary Art Curator Magazine.  Here.

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

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

Source Magazine. Post Grad Work. 

AWARDS

2019-2022 

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

Camelback Gallery Bronze Award, Arizona, Abstract in Blue.

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

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

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

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

Quasi Quadro Artist Award. QQ ART

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. Blood, Cells & Neurons 

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

Artist of the Future Award - 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

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

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

Associate of the Royal Photographic Society Award. ARPS.

Post Graduate Photography Zine, Source Magazine. Ireland.


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.

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. 

Sculptural Animation. The Edge of Sentience. Ongoing collaboration with a neurodivergent artist, sculptures and photographic documentary work. 

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 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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