20–30 September 2018

Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue? (talk)

Professor Richard Jones and artist Paul Evans discuss the ideas and inspiration behind the work that has been created for their 2018 Festival of the Mind collaboration Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue?

Expect a fantastic voyage into a world of spinning neutrons and synchrotron radiation – and a unique collision of science and art.


Paul Evans is an artist based in Sheffield. He has a multi-portfolio practice that varies between work created in his studio and socially engaged contexts. He has a particular interest in science-art collaborations and has worked within a number of leading academics, poets and designers. Previous commissions for the Festival of the Mind include Iridescence (2016); a collaboration with Professor Richard Jones and the Department of Physics, Gaze-Shift (2014); a collaboration with Professor Peter Redgrave from the Department of Psychology; and Animal Magic (2012) with Professor Tim Birkhead from the Department of Plant and Animal Sciences.

Richard Jones was educated at Cambridge University, and has a first degree and a PhD in physics. After postdoctoral work at Cornell University, he was appointed as a lecturer at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University. In 1998 he moved to the University of Sheffield, where he is now a Professor of Physics. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is an experimental physicist, whose research centres around the properties of polymer molecules at interfaces and ultrathin polymer films. Between 2007 and 2009 he was the Senior Strategic Advisor for Nanotechnology for the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Sheffield from 2009 to 2016.