Get Creative at Dundee Science Festival

Fancy a shot at screen-printing, or building the tallest tower from some old newspapers?


As part of a collection of free, creative workshops heading to Dundee Science Festival next week, ‘Screen-Print a Scientist’ will introduce visitors to screen-printing with help from Dundee-based Italian painter and illustrator, Sofia Sita.

The family-friendly workshop will also shine a light on the achievements of some Dundee scientists (or those working in science) through the years including Geoffrey Dutton, D’Arcy Thompson and Margaret Fairlie. The event (suitable for those over the age of six) will take place from 6-8pm on Tuesday 1 November in MAXwell Centre, St Salvadors Street, Dundee, DD3 7EW.

Sofia, who graduated in Fine Arts in Milan and in Editorial Illustration in Bologna said, “We will be creating some minimal portraits of important local scientists, or others working in science, with foam sheets. Every piece of foam sheet will be assembled to create a stamp. After that, each participant will produce their own print with a quote from the scientist chosen. The workshop will be a brilliant introduction to screen-printing, where people can also learn a bit about some of the important scientists who have lived and worked amongst us over the years.”

Alternatively, families can have ‘Fun with STIXX’! With the help of the STIXX rolling machine, which transforms old newspapers into robust sticks, visitors can design, sculpt and build their own creation or take part in a STIXX challenge to build the tallest tower! The event, which is suitable for all ages, takes place from 6-8pm on Wednesday 2 November at Menzieshill Community Centre, Orleans Place, Dundee, DD2 4BH.

Perth-based eco-artist Lisa Earl explained, “STIXX is a fantastic way of making something unique and robust from old newspapers and, although it’s mainly about fun, expressing creativity and teamwork, is underpinned by science. Come and have a go and show us what you can make from items that may otherwise end up in the bin!”

With many Dundee Science Festival events already fully booked, early booking is essential. Spaces are limited for both events – to book, please call (01382) 228800, email or book via

Now in its seventh year, the science celebration will descend upon the city from Saturday 29 October through to Sunday 13 November 2016, promising fun, entertainment, inspiration and curiosity for all ages in the shape of 30 events.

Dundee Science Festival is brought to you by Dundee Science Centre, along with key partners Dundee City Council and The Scottish Government.

For more information, and to view the programme in full, please visit or follow Dundee Science Festival on social media – (Facebook) or @dundeescifest (Twitter).


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