Review of Visualising Illness at Birkbeck, November 14th -15th 2014, by Jac Saorsa

What is distinctive about the visual image as a means of communicating the experience of illness? As an artist working within the field of Medical Humanities this is a question that is very close to my creative heart so naturally I was very pleased to be invited to present at the Visualising Illness event, which Read the full article…

A Spotted Hankie and the Open Road – and Arts in Health in Australia

Mike White writes: I have just taken early retirement on health grounds and am leaving the Durham Centre for Medical Humanities, though I shall still post blogs here from the cerebral Bowling Green as I cope with the new realities of beige clothing and those staples of later life – cream crackers and lemon curd. Read the full article…

The Love Arts Conversation: a festival flavoured conference of arts and mental wellbeing (Leeds, 21-22 October 2014)

The Love Arts Conversation: a festival flavoured conference of arts and mental wellbeing Part of the Love Arts Leeds festival Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd October Sessions include: Why Spend NHS Money on Art? The impact of theatre on people living with dementia The impact of music on people living with dementia The representation of Read the full article…

Narratives of Art Practice and Mental Wellbeing: Reparation and connection (Book Announcement)

CMH are pleased to announce the publication of Olivia Sagan’s Narratives of Art Practice and Mental Wellbeing: Reparation and connection (forthcoming in October 2014 in the Routledge Series: Advances in Mental Health Research).  This book draws on extensive research carried out with mental health service users who are also practicing artists. Using narrative data gained Read the full article…

“Le Traumatisme”: Performance at Vane Gallery (26 July 2014, Newcastle)

You are invited to ‘Le Traumatisme’ performance at Vane Gallery, Newcastle, on Saturday 26 July 8-10pm. Doors open at 7:30pm. This Push Push Practice performance event combines newly developed contemporary dance theatre, contemporary music, and cinematography, all inspired by the theme of trauma. For more information, click here.    

Undissolved (Performance, London, 17-18 July 2014)

‘Bodies never lie’ – Agnes de Miller Visual Art and Performance. Presence and Absence. Though seemingly unrelated pairs of words, there is an intrinsic undercurrent of rhythm which connects practice based disciplines towards each other – this often brings out various connections, connotations, and inferences. All 12 artists exhibiting engage with this very undissolved threshold Read the full article…

Medicine Unboxed: Students 2014 (Festival, CFP, 21 November 2014, Cheltenham)

Medicine Unboxed: Students 2014 – Friday 21st November, Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Medicine Unboxed aims to examine medicine from the perspective of the arts and humanities, and arises from the view that good medicine demands more than scientific and technical expertise, also requiring ethical judgment, empathy, and an understanding of human experience. Last year saw Read the full article…

Drawing Parallels: Artistic encounters with pathology (Workshop, London, 2nd July 2014)

Calling curators, conservators, technicians in medical museums, APTs and DR managers or those in related medical fields. Barts Pathology Museum 3rd Floor, Robin Brook Centre W Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE 1:00 – 4:00 pm Please come and join us at a workshop aimed at offering a space for response and discussion about foetal and neonatal specimens from UCL Teaching and Research Collections and Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston (final post 2014): Dr Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

So, in a few days I will be taking my leave of Galveston once again. Of course I am sad to leave the island although I am looking forward to going home and excited about everything I have achieved during my ‘oh too short’ time here. I gave a colloquium and a drawing workshop and, Read the full article…