What Does The Artist Bring To The Clinical Landscape?

14 July 2018

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A free arts and health seminar that reflects on The Heart of the Matter exhibition hosted at Centrespace, RWA and University of Bristol in association with Arts & Health South West.

The Heart of the Matter is an exhibition that brings together art and medicine to reflect on the human heart. Using the exhibition as a focus for discussion, this seminar will address important questions about the relationship between artists and clinicians in a medical context.

What does the artist bring to the clinical landscape?
What steps or collaborations can be put in place to facilitate arts processes in a clinical context?
How can clinical and research staff engage in this kind of work?

In the morning delegates will visit the exhibition at Centrespace Gallery and the RWA and then take part in a guided reflection on the work. The afternoon will involve a panel discussion at Beacon House, University of Bristol, adjacent to the RWA. There will be presentations from artist Sofie Layton, bioengineer Giovanni Biglino and health psychologist Jo Wray exploring the artistic processes and collaborative relationships behind the exhibition and the delicate work that takes place with patients and families in a clinical context to explore narratives of illness. Guest artist Deborah Padfield will present her work and experience in collaborating with clinicians, reflecting with the team on the wider issues of bringing artists into clinical contexts.

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Timetable for the Day
9.30 Delegates meet to see exhibition at Centrespace Gallery, 6 Leonard Lane, BS1 1EA
10.15 Walk/bus to RWA (15 minute walk)
10.45 Delegates view exhibition at RWA
11.45 Reflections at University of Bristol, Beacon House BS8 1QU (2 minute walk)
12.30 Lunch break
13.15 Seminar at Beacon House chaired by Anna Farthing – Arts Programme Director, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.
Presenters: Sofie Layton, Giovanni Biglino, Jo Wray, Deborah Padfield
14.50 Sum up by Alex Coulter - Director Arts & Health South West
15.00 Event closes


The Heart of the Matter was conceived by artist Sofie Layton and bioengineer Giovanni Biglino and developed with health psychologist Jo Wray.  It and was inspired by workshops, encounters and collaborations with patients and scientists, artists, clinicians and nurses at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, the Bristol Heart Institute and the Adult Congenital & Paediatric Heart Unit of the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. It is produced by Susie Hall (GOSH Arts), Nicky Petto and Anna Ledgard in association with Artsadmin and is supported by the Wellcome Trust, the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Above & Beyond, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Bristol and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. With thanks to RapidformRCA, 3D Life Print and British Heart Foundation.     


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