Switched on! Shining a light on female innovation

The exhibition explores ideas that challenge the limits of modern invention, whilst showcasing the creativity of women in the science, art, history and architecture sectors. With females making up only 11% of the engineering workforce*, Switched on! promotes the idea that the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) sectors are for everyone. *data from 2017 surveys carried out by the Women’s Engineering Society Discover a new series of installations by Newcastle University postgraduate students and alumni

4,000 sunflowers planted on the lawn in the formal garden

The great Cragside cover-up by Harriet Sutcliffe, Kate Stobbart and Rob Blazey

A collaboration of three creative visions combining art, music and sculpture, intended the re-focus the lens on female history at Cragside.

An installation on display in the gallery

Lights of innovation by Violeta Tsenova 

A suspended mixed-media installation which draws together light, sound and imagery to form a picture of female innovation at Cragside in past and present

An installation sits in the scullery

Light and her brides by Imogen Holden 

This installation is the 'Cragside blueprint', and looks to the future of architectural drawing

A 3D printed scarf

The printed shroud by Assia Stefanova 

The printed shroud explores some of the most pioneering methods of textile manufacture through the use of 3D printing techniques.

A sculpture depicting an MRI scan of a female pelvis

Power of body and mind by Olivia Turner and Pavandeep Rai 

Power of body and mind explores the relationship between Cragside, built to harness the power of nature, and mitochondria, the natural power-producing elements of the human body