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Cardiff Bay’s Techniquest Celebrates 30th Anniversary


Lesley Kirkpatrick and Nathan Wyburn with Smarties Einstein portrain - Copy

Food artist Nathan Wyburn has helped educational charity Techniquest celebrate its 30th anniversary by creating a portrait of revolutionary scientist Albert Einstein out of Smarties.

The Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist and Welsh Fine Art graduate, who specialises in creating iconic celebrity portraits with food, has been the artist-in-residence at the science discovery centre in Cardiff Bay to create the food masterpiece.

Nathan, who has become an ambassador for the charity, took four days to create the portrait which was recently unveiled to the public. Nathan was also on hand conducting a book signing for his ‘Not that kind of Art’ book, which is now available to buy.

Nathan Wyburn with Smarties Einstein portrait 2 - Copy

The food portrait is part of Techniquest’s 30th anniversary celebrations.  Throughout the year, the charity will be hosting and running a series of celebratory activities and initiatives, including a free interactive roadshow ‘Techniquest on Tour’ visiting communities across south Wales.

Since appearing on Britain’s Got Talent in 2011, Nathan, 26, from Ebbw Vale has created a number of works, including portraits of Simon Cowell using marmite on toast, Katie Price made from fake tan, and a mud portrait of Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas.

Lesley Kirkpatrick, chief executive officer of Techniquest, said:

“We were absolutely delighted to have Nathan as our artist-in-residence. We have always admired his work which requires a huge amount of technique and skill.

“When we discussed with Nathan who we’d like him to create as part of our anniversary celebrations, Albert Einstein was a standout choice as such a revolutionary scientist.

“As a charity, we rely heavily on support from the public and we want to thank all of our visitors who have enabled us to reach this fantastic milestone.

“We hope everyone loves the portrait as much as us!”

Nathan Wyburn with Smarties Einstein portrait - CopyNathan Wyburn said:

“Having visited Techniquest numerous times over the years, I was thrilled when they contacted me to see if I could help them celebrate their 30th anniversary.

“As Techniquest is all about making science fun and engaging for people of all ages, we thought a portrait of Einstein made from Smarties would be the perfect mixture of education and fun.

“I’m pleased with the final result and hope Techniquest visitors will enjoy seeing the exhibition.”

Techniquest is an educational charity based in Cardiff Bay. It is Wales’ largest provider of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) enrichment activity through its science discovery centre and UK-leading educational programme.

Techniquest offers more than 120-hands on exhibits, a Science Theatre, a Planetarium and a shop packed full of Welsh souvenirs and educational gifts


Techniquest’s mission is to engage people with science and to motivate them to learn more. We provide a range of services to schools and teachers to complement formal education provision in Wales and work extensively with public audiences.

Techniquest has a world-wide reputation for creating programmes and exhibits, and our staff includes leading experts in science communication. We develop and sell programmes and exhibits to science centres all over the world.

Techniquest offers interactive experiences that are accessible to all, and that have been enjoyed in its centre by over 4 million people since its inception in Cardiff in 1986.

Techniquest is the UK’s longest established science centre.

Founded in 1986, by Professor John Beetlestone and his colleagues from Cardiff University, its first site was the gas showroom opposite Cardiff Castle (now Burger King).

In 1988 it moved to a pre-fabricated industrial building in Cardiff Bay, with 100 exhibits; it was here that it launched its education programmes for schools.

In 1995 it moved to its current site, the UK’s first purpose-built science centre, in Cardiff Bay. The building was formerly a heavy engineering plant; Paul Koralek of ABK Architects designed Techniquest around the framework of the original building.


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