Events

A Reforming Anatomy Series

What is Health?  Perspectives from Contemporary Art & Medicine

“Health is the complete state of social, mental and physical wellbeing, not just the absence of disease or infirmity.” — World Health Organisation

This series of three events will explore the intersection of contemporary art and medicine, synthesising science’s investment in objectivity and the arts’ focus on subjectivity to illuminate the conditions of human life.  The events will be connected through a central discussion of “what is health?”, considering its mental, social, and physical dimensions.  Under this broad remit, will debate questions such as “in what ways, and to what extent, can contemporary art support medical care?”; “how is health conceptualised in contemporary art and medicine, and how might these definitions become more complementary?”‘; and “how can we foster further collaborations between creatives and physicians, to support innovation and progress in the arts and medical practice?”.

Inspiring a collaborative and engaging atmosphere, the events will consist of dynamic and multifaceted programmes incorporating keynote talks, performances, short film screenings, and contemporary art exhibitions.

1) What is Mental Health?  Perspectives from Contemporary Art & Medicine.

Date: November 28th 2019.

Venue: The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE.

Tickets: https://www.rsm.ac.uk/events/students/2019-20/stn15/

Reforming Anatomy and the RSM Students committee will bring an exciting evening with drinks, nibbles and an informal comfortable environment to explore conceptions of mental health in contemporary art and medicine through lectures, lively interdisciplinary debates and an art performance.

This unique event will bring leading professionals in the arts to provide their honest perspectives on the dialogues between the arts and healthcare. The focus will be on assessing two opposing views:

  • That levels of creativity are commensurate with risk of suffering from psychological illness;
  • That art constitutes an effective mode of treatment for mental health disorders.

Through questioning these two perspectives, we will reach a conclusion on the relationship between the arts, mental wellbeing and holistic clinical practice.

This will be the first of three events, part of the ‘What is Health?’ series, that will explore the intersection of contemporary art and medicine, synthesising science’s investment in objectivity and the arts’ focus on subjectivity to illuminate the conditions of human life.  The series of events will be connected through a central discussion of “what is health?”, considering its mental, social, and physical dimensions. Inspiring a collaborative and engaging atmosphere, the events will consist of dynamic and multifaceted programmes incorporating keynote talks, performances, short film screenings, and contemporary artworks.

 

Agenda:

Registration, welcome drink and short film screening

Welcome address from Reforming Anatomy

Try a Little Tenderness: Madness and Artful Caring

Dr Anna Harpin, Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance

Mental health and the arts

Errol Francis, CEO of Culture&

Tea and coffee break

Communicating chronic pain in the clinical consultation

Deborah Padfield, Visual Artist

The neurology of interpreting spaces and design

Kenny Sheppard, Trained architect and artist

Panel Discussion

Performance

Corali

Close of meeting

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Reforming Anatomy: The Interplay between Art & Surgery

Our inaugural conference took place at the Royal Society of Medicine on the 24th September 2017.

See our programme below:

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An Introduction to Embroidery & Suturing: 23/02/17

The Royal Free Pathology Museum, London

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Photography: Craig Reilly (2017)