Heather Barnett is an artist, researcher and educator working with natural phenomena and living systems, often in collaboration with scientists, artists, participants and organisms. Using diverse media including printmaking, photography, animation, video, installation and participatory experimentation, and working with biological materials and imaging technologies, her work explores how we observe, understand and relate to the world around us. Recent work centres around nonhuman intelligence, collective behaviour and distributed knowledge systems, including The Realm immersive interactive experience; The Physarum Experiments, an ongoing ‘collaboration’ with an intelligent slime mould; Animal Collectives Leverhulme Artist in Residence with Swansea University; and a series of collective interdisciplinary biosocial experiments including Nodes and Networks and Crowd Control.

Heather is a Research Fellow with SHOAL group at Swansea University and has previously held Research Fellowships at the University of Sussex and the London School of Economics. She has consulted on arts, health and science projects for organisations such as Willis Newson, the Science Museum, and the Wellcome Trust. As Artist in Residence, Heather has worked with diverse organisations including L’Autre Pied Restaurant, Infoterra Remote Sensing Company, and Poole Hospital Pathology Dept. She has exhibited widely in art galleries, science museums and public venues, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, Wellcome Collection (London), and the Pompidou Centre (Paris), the New Institute (Rotterdam), and Observatory (New York). Commissions include the Postgraduate Medical Institute (Anglia Ruskin University, 2012), Flow (Guy’s Hospital Cancer Day Unit, 2011), Small Worlds (The Museum of the History of Science, Oxford University, 2007) and The Other Flower Show (Victoria and Albert Museum, 2003).

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), a Visiting Associate Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow. She regularly consults on interdisciplinary art and science curriculum, and chairs London LASER, a regular talks series exploring art and science. She also led the Broad Vision art/science research and learning project at University of Westminster from 2010-2015.


Machine Wilderness, ARTIS Zoo, Amsterdam (2022)
Field Notes ‘Ecology of the Senses, Bioart Society Finland (2018)
Joya Arte y Ecologia, Spain (2018, 2019)
Research ResidencyTokyo Institute of Technology (2018)
Crowd Control, Arebyte Gallery, London (2017)
Animal Collectives, Swansea University, UK (2017)
The Swarm Lab, New Jersey Institute of Technology, US (2016)
L’Autre Pied
Restaurant, London (2014)
Slime Mould Mapping, Edinburgh Science Festival (2014)
Imagine Science Films, New York (2013)
Proto… Meta… Intra…, Anglia Ruskin University, Medical Research Institute (2011)
Flow, Guy’s Hospital Chemotherapy Day Unit (2010)
Small Worlds: the art of the invisible, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford University (2007)
Cellular Wallpapers, Selfridges, London (2007)
In Search of the MaelstrømBOX, Arts & Business (2007)
Rooted, The Other Flower Show, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2004)
Trace Elements, Infoterra Satallite and Aerial Imaging Company (2002)
As Nature Intended?, National Botanical Garden of Wales (2001)
Pathological, Poole Hospital Pathology Department (2000)

Lead Artist: The Realm, Innovate UK Audiences of the Future grant (Oct 2018- March 2019)
Lead Artist: Crowd Control, Arebyte Gallery, London (July 2017)
Leverhulme Artist in Residence Grant: Animal Collectives, Swansea University (March – November 2017)
Research Grant: Nodes and Networks, School of Visual Art, New York (2015)
Project Lead: Broad Vision art/science research and learning, University of Westminster (2010-2015)
Lead Artist: Space for Personalised Learning, DEGW architecture/education research project (2009-2011)
Lead Artist: Comfort Zone, All Change & Emirates (Wellcome Trust funded) (2009-2010)
Artist: Project Faraday, DfES/ White Design (2007)
Lead Artist: Playing God?, All Change & Sadler’s Wells (Wellcome Trust funded) (2007)
Research Grant: Into the Light: Bernard Shaw & Photography (Book) (2007)
Lead Artist: Skin Deep, All Change & Sadler’s Wells (Wellcome Trust funded) (2003)
Bursary Award: Medical Identities, City of Westminster Arts Council (2000)
Curator/Artist: Invisible Body, (Wellcome Trust funded) (1999)

World Machine,
OÖ Landes-Kultur, Linz, Austria (2022) 
Art in FLUX
at Event Two, Digital Design Weekend, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2019)
Art in FLUX at Event Two, Royal College of Art, London (2019)
La Fabrique Du VivantPompidou Centre, Paris (2019) 
Nonhuman Networks
, Art Laboratory Berlin (2017)
Anthropocene Island, Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Estonian Museum of Architecture (2017)
Testing Station [Crowd Control] – arebyte gallery, London (2017)
Menagerie of Microbes
– Bio and Beyond, Summerhall, Edinburgh (2016)
In Visible Substance
 – L’Autre Pied, London (solo) (2014)
BioDesign: On the Cross-Pollination of Nature, Science and Creativity – The New Institute, Rotterdam (2013)
Cut/Paste/Grow – The Observatory, New York (2013)
The Physarum Experiments – Margate Photo Fest (2012)
Anatomy – Cob Gallery, London (2011)
Skin – Wellcome Collection (2010)
an-Aesthetic – Tactile Bosch, Cardiff (2008)
Small Worlds: the art of the invisible – Museum of the History of Science, Oxford (2007)
Medicine Now – Wellcome Collection, London (permanent display, 2007 >)
Diagnose: Art & Medicine – Kunst Museum Ahlen, Germany (2006)
Cellular – Wallace Space, London (2006)
Truth & Beauty – Q Arts, Derby (2005)
Metamorphosis – Friese Greene Gallery & University of Sussex, Brighton (solo) (2004)
Invalid – Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London (2004)
Future Face – The Science Museum, London (2004)
The Other Flower Show – Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2004)
Self-ish – Scicult, London (2004)
Trace Elements – Infoterra, Leicester / Sightlines, Basingstoke (solo) (2003)
Truth & Beauty – Two10 Gallery, London (2002)
As Nature Intended? – National Botanic Garden of Wales (solo) (2001)
Pathological – Poole Hospital and Poole Arts Centre (solo) (2000)

The Wellcome Trust / Wellcome Collection / London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine / Whiteleys of Bayswater / Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust / Anglia Ruskin University / National Botanic Garden of Wales / Infoterra / Private collections

Pathway Leader MA Art and Science
(0.4), University of the Arts London (2016 >)
WRHI Visiting Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology (2020 >)
Lecturer MA Art and Science
(0.4), University of the Arts London (2013 – 2016)
Senior Lecturer in Art / Science (0.4), University of Westminster (2013 – 2015)
Broad Vision Project Lead: art/science research and learning project (2010-2105)
Senior Lecturer in Photography (0.4), University of Westminster (2007 – 2013)
Visiting Lecturer in Art & Science, Photography, Media and Digital Art: Royal College of Art, University for the Creative Arts, Swansea School of Art & Design, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, The London Institute, University of Westminster, University of the Arts London (1999 >)
Visiting Artist: Open Set (Amsterdam), Hampshire College (Amherst, US), University of Toronto and York University (Toronto).

Associate Artist:
All Change Arts (1999-2010)
Gallery/ Community Education: Managing / delivering arts education projects with diverse organisations and groups including: The Photographer’s Gallery, Pitt Rivers Museum, British Museum, Chisenhale Gallery, Wycombe Museum, City of Westminster Arts Council, Lighthouse Poole, Barnado’s, MIND, Russell Coates Museum, St Giles Trust, Croydon Museum (1992 – 2010)

Honorary Research Fellow, School of Biosciences, Swansea University (2018 >)
UAL Teaching Award (2016)
National Teaching Fellow
, Higher Education Academy (Awarded 2012)
Winner of the BBH Award for Best Use of Visual Art in Healthcare (2011) for Flow
Learning and Teaching Fellow, University of Westminster (Awarded 2011)
Visiting Fellow, Institute of Social Psychology, London School of Economics & Political Science (2006-2008)
Research Fellow in Art & Science, University of Sussex, AHRB/ACE funded (2003- 2004)

Menagerie of Microbes – Bio and Beyond, Summerhall, Edinburgh (2016)
Cross-disciplinary Electives Facilitator
: development of a series of university wide interdisciplinary modules, University of Westminster (2015)
Creative Consultant & Training Facilitator: Willis Newson, Arts in Health (2012)
Art Consultant: The Wellcome Trust & The Science Museum exhibitions:
Anatomies of Pain / Treat Yourself: health consumers in a medical age (2002-2003)
Curator: Invisible Body, Commissioned and managed 12 arts/science collaborations, project culminating in a public art exhibition and educational events (1999)

London LASER: Chair of art & science talks series in association with Leonardo / ISAST (2014 >)
Convenor: Art & Living Systems Lab Research Group, Central Saint Martins (2019 >)
Convenor: Art/Design and Science Research Group, Central Saint Martins (2016-2019)
Co-Recorder for the Science and the Arts section of the British Science Association (2016 >2021)
External examiner / consultant / peer reviewer: advising on interdisciplinary curriculum development and reviewing existing courses
The Slime Mould Collective – founding member of interdisciplinary research network (2009 >)
micro-designs: Creative Director of biologically inspired design company (2007 >)


Co-editor, The Subjective Lives of Others; Interalia magazine, September 2017

Barnett, H. et al. (2021) The Art of Science: artists and artworks inspired by science. Welbeck Publishing Group.
Barnett, H., [ed] (2012). Broad Vision: Inspired by… Images from Science. London, University of Westminster.
Barnett, H. & Smith, J.R.A., [ed] (2011). 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, print on demand


Barnett, H. (2023) ‘Drawing Out the Superorganism: Artistic Intervention and the Amplification of Processes of Life’, in G. Anderson-Tempini and J. Dupré (eds) Drawing Processes of Life: molecules, cells, organisms. Intellect Books, pp. 193–218.
Barnett, H. (2022) ‘The Physarum Experiments’, Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, Microbial Ecologies(59), pp. 223–233.
Barnett, H. Cohen, N. Holme, A. Polymathic pedagogies: creating the conditions for interdisciplinary enquiry in art and science. In: Rogers, H. S., Halpern, M. K. and Hannah, D. (2021) Routledge handbook of art, science, and technology studies. Andover: Routledge Ltd.
Barnett, Heather. Being Other Than We Are… in PUBLIC Journal #59 Interspecies Communication, Summer 2019. Editors: Meredith Tromble and Patricia Olynyk.
Barnett, Heather (2019) Many-Headed: Co-creating with the Collective in Slime Mould in Arts and Architecture (ed. Andrew Adamatzky). River Publishers.
Barnett, H.(2013) The Liquidity of Knowledge: learning across disciplinary divides in For the Love of Learning, Palgrave Macmillan
Barnett, H & Lange, S.(2012), Fluid networks and emergent learning: an interdisciplinary case study. Mutamorphosis conference proceedings, CIANT, Prague
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, Heather & Shinkle, Eugenie (2008); 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),  4th International Conference
Barnett, Heather & Whittle, Robert; Drawing the Line, Leonardo Journal, Vol 39, No 5 2006
Heather Barnett, TED talk


Slimemoldesque, Ferment Radio [interview] (2023)
Mister Tachyon S1 EP2,
Viceland TV [contributor] (2018)
The Physarum Experiments, TED Salon, Berlin (2014)

The Creeping Garden feature length documentary film [contributor] (2013-14)

Hampton Court Garden Show, BBC2 [interview] (July 2004)
Get Gardening, HTV [feature] (November 2001)
Double Yellow, BBC Wales [feature] (October 2001)


Encounters: David Zilber and Heather Barnett on Co-Creating with Nature, Barbican Centre, London
Speculating with Physarum polycephalum, Conference: An Unwell World? Anthropology in a Speculative Mode; Lab workshop with Maria Debinska, SOAS, London

Ecologies, Value Systems and Embodied Knowledge, Critical Ecologies Symposium
Compostulations, LASER talk (Stanford)

Small Acts of Being, CAL, Goldsmiths University
Small Acts of Being, online workshop
Invitations and Interruptions: co-enquiry with living systems, Living Systems Lab Symposium, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Portugal

Crossing Kingdoms: Co-creating with Nonhuman Others, Shared Campus, Zurich
Being Slime Mould, 21st Century Common Sense, NESTA, London
The Physarum Experiments, Artist and the Machine, Barbican Centre, London
City Superorganism, York University & University of Toronto, Canada
Being Other Than We Are… Multispecies Storytelling Conference, Vaxjo, Sweden

Into the Mountain: A Meet, Tramway, Glasgow
Fluid Rhythms, Open Set, Amsterdam
Species Intelligence Conference, Harvard University
Reimagining Munich, City as Superorganism, Munich
Playful Learning Conference, Manchester
Bioclub, Tokyo
Many-Headed, Hikari, Tokyo
Interspecies Encounters, invited speaker PhysNet Conference, Bremen University

Nonhuman Agents Conference, Art Laboratory Berlin
Crowd Control, collective behaviour experiments, arebyte gallery, London
Experiments in Elasticity, keynote speaker for ELIA Conference, Central Saint Martins
Being Biological, Scratch Night, Coney  and Theatre Delicatessen
The Physarum Experiments, invited speaker at The Experiment Symposium, Tokyo (CSM/TokyoTech)
Systems Games Nights, arebyte gallery, London

Walking with Science, moderated talk with artists Anaïs Tondeur and Crystal Bennes at New Scientist Live Festival, London
Systems Games STEAM workshop for educators (via roaming robot), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Systems Games Night open workshop, Qlab, New York
Being Slime Mould, Social Evolution Field Course, Rockefeller University, New York State
The Physarum Experiments, Collective Motion Conference, Uppsala, Sweden
Working with the microbial collective, BioChanges, Royal College of Art, London
The Physarum Experiments, ASCUS Lab, Summerhall, Edinburgh
Slime Mould Boot Camp, Central Saint Martins, London

Designing with biological behaviours, Royal College of Art, London
Material Mechanical, Science Museum, London
Being Slime Mould, Lab Project, London
Biology and Art: learning from nature, The Conference, Malmö
The Physarum Experiments, BLAST, Bournemouth
Being Slime Mould, Open Embodiments conference, Tucson, Arizona
The Physarum Experiments, BOM, Birmingham

Collective Intelligence, FT Innovate, London
Towards a Third Culture?, Overgaden, Copenhagen
The Physarum Experiments, TED Salon, Berlin
All About Imaging: Transactions, University of Westminster, London (Chair)
Between and Across Disciplines, GV art gallery, London
The Physarum Experiments, The Society for Biology, London

Broad Vision, HEA Seminar, University of Westminster, London
Science, Imagination & the Illustration of Knowledge, Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Chair)
The Physarum Experiments, Sussex University

Broad Vision, Mutamorphosis Conference, CIANT, PragueSave
Broad Vision, University of Westminster, London
Flow, Artists & Architects, LAHF, Great Ormond Street Hospital. London
The Physarum Experiments: Subtle Technologies Festival, Toronto
Broad Vision: Subtle Technologies Festival, Toronto

The Physarum Experiments: University of the Arts, London
Broad Vision, University of Westminster
The Physarum Experiments: GenSpace, New York

Mobilising Ideas: ctlad conference, New York

Description & Creativity: Cambridge University
Art/Science: Massey University, Wellington

Big Blip: science/art forum, Brighton

A Meeting of Minds?: Southern Arts Science/Art symposium, UK

Crossing paths: WWACN science/art conference, UK

Disembodied: Symposium, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UK