Med in Art

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

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