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SEMINAR: 'What does the artist bring to the clinical landscape?'

Saturday 14th July 2018, 9:30 - 15:00
Venues across Bristol

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


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