Med in Art

Cultural history and Biology collision: The Art and Science of Linen by Anna Dumitriy and Alex May

The Art and Science of Linen

Cultural history and biology collide in this video artwork created by artists Anna Dumitriu and Alex May.

With the aid of microbiologist Dr. John Paul, Dumitriu and May trace methods of linen production from the late nineteenth century and locate the precise culture of bacteria integral to this production.

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What’s on Dino Valls mind?

Category : MEDinART Artists

Dino Valls was trained as a surgeon and upon graduation made the decision to focus all of his energies on painting.

What’s on Dino Valls mind?
Explore more from his work in this article written by painter and art professor, Michael Pearc:



Andreas Vesalius (1514 – 1564): Art and Science Symposium in Zakynthos, September 2014

Category : Conference, Events, Symposium

In September 2014, under the auspices of the municipality of Zakynthos and the Embassy of Belgium in Athens, the Ionian Island will host events commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius in Brussels. The Flemish physician, the father of modern human anatomy, died on Zakynthos, Greece, in 1564.
The 2014 events are being organized by an enthusiastic team of volunteers: Pascale Pollier, Ann Van de Velde, Mark Gardiner, Pavlos Kapsambelis, Gerassimos Coidan and coordinator Theo Dirix, financially managed by the Belgian not-for-profit organization BIOMAB:

Account: IBAN: BE88 0016 1775 0741 / BIC: GEBABEBB

For the official website of the symposium check here

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PROJECT ANATOME of Rachael Allen


Commenced October 2012 (funding applications in progress)

The collaboration between artist and medical academics,students and physicians will explore how contemporary art can offer new perspectives on how we come to see and know ourselves through anatomical studies.

The artist will be resident in Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham University anatomy labs (UK) during the academic year 2012-2014, with the dissemination of the project and artworks scheduled throughout this period.















Past and Current projects and exhibitions from Project ANATOME:

Death and Dissection: (solo exhibition)

Let Be Be Finale of Seem

A series of events presenting work about death and the way it structures life

studio 41, Glasgow

25th – 26th May 2012

Death and Dissection contemplates moral issues associated with the practice of human dissection, and offer a view into the anatomy lab through a sensual screen. Paying homage to the 16th-18th century medical students who would bear witness to bodily decomposition, and thus, were closer to death, the workshop invites one to view, and handle, the vital process without which life would not be possible – decay.

The waiting room (solo exhibition)

Newcastle Arts Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne

7th September- 15th October 2012

Life Bioscience Centre, International Centre for Life

15th October – December 2012

In ‘The waiting room’, artworks of high skill and material expertise serve a richer, more creative perspective on human illness and suffering than can be achieved by quantitative measures, medical diagnoses’ and bioethical regulations.


‘Specimen Life (death) Drawing’ presentation & ‘Death and Dissection’ experimental project

Drawing in the University, International Meeting on Drawing, Image and

Research, University of Oporto, Faculty of Fine Arts and Faculty of Architecture, Portugal, May 31 and June 1, 2013

Abstract for ‘Specimen Life (death) Drawing’

Abstract for ‘Death and Dissection’ experimental project


Picturing Diagnosis (workshop with medical students)

Published on The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine

Picturing Diagnosis will call upon the student as detective, to listen to dramatic stories of patients with debilitating symptoms, their challenges with medical treatment, the vagaries of medical tests, and the distress of diagnostic errors. Unaware of the patients’ condition, they will utilise visual material such as clinical and anatomical imagery to help assist in the diagnosing process.


‘Picturing Diagnosis’ conference paper, A Narrative Future for Health Care, King’s Guy’s Hospital Campus, London, June 19 to 21, 2013

For more information about PROJECT ANATOME, click here.. and here!

InSight 2_Engaging the Health Humanities_An International Exhibition

Category : Exhibitions

‘Narratives of Medical Miniatures’ exhibition, InSight 2: Engaging the Health Humanities, Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta, Canada, May 14 to June 8, 2013

For more information on the exhibition, check here

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