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Don’t miss LU Arts’ Between the Lines exhibition

A LU Arts exhibition on display until 14 January demonstrates how artists can work across disciplines as it shares the processes involved in digital artist Sarah Selby’s project ‘Between the Lines’.

Between the Lines is a dynamic and creative intervention, in which Sarah has explored the lived experiences of international students studying at universities in the UK through DNA data storage.

DNA data storage is an emerging innovative technology that allows digital information to be encoded into synthetic (laboratory created) DNA. In the same way that we can store data on memory sticks or the cloud, DNA can also be used as a digital storage medium, with the digital data retrieved via DNA sequencing. 

The digital data for this project are the written testimonies of international students who have faced difficult immigration practices, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. These testimonies have been encoded into synthetic DNA by Twist Bioscience and this DNA has been embedded into writing ink and inserted into pens. Sarah is distributing these pens to staff at UK Higher Education institutions to highlight the issues facing these students, so that their lived experiences can permeate these institutions as the pen holders use them in their daily work. 

As part of the project, Sarah met with research groups and academics from Loughborough University, including the Politicised Practice Research Group and the Centre for Biological Engineering, in addition to student groups such as Loughborough FemSoc.  

The exhibition, held in the Martin Hall Gallery, resembles a lab space with video footage and other displays that share the processes and technology involved, demonstrating how art can work across multiple disciplines.  

It is open between 12pm-2pm on weekdays and is free to attend until Friday 14 January (no booking required). 


There is ramp access to the gallery. Please alert the exhibition invigilator if you require any assistance. A gender-neutral, accessible toilet is available on the ground floor of Martin Hall. If you have any specific access needs that you would like to discuss in advance of visiting the exhibition then please call 01509 222948 or email 

Covid-19 measures 
Social distancing guidance remains in place on campus so please maintain a safe distance from others when visiting the exhibition. To help with this, numbers will be restricted and doorways and windows will be open to increase ventilation. Face coverings should be worn unless you have a medical exemption.