The Right Brain is a creative outlet for those working in healthcare. It showcases and celebrates creative work submitted by members of the international healthcare community: both students and professionals. The work includes drawings, paintings, photography, film, music, dance, poetry, prose, origami and kinetic writing. Many pieces are accompanied by a reflective account. The website differs from ours, as work is not necessarily on a medical theme. The Right Brain also includes psychological tests, updates, a message board and details of how to submit your own work.
The PAIN Exhibit is a website showcasing creative work from around the world by people who live with chronic pain. It aims to educate healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain, and to allow those effected by chronic pain a voice and a forum. Work is arranged into different categories such as Pain Visualized, But You Look So Normal and Hope and Transformation. Featured pieces are varied, powerful and occasionally disturbing. The site offers a downloadable leaflet: So You've Got Chronic Pain…What's Next? at: http://www.painexhibit.com/educators
Pharmacopoeia are an art collective consisting of the textile artist Susie Freeman, Dr. Liz Lee (a GP and former forensic medical examiner), and the artist David Critchley. Their work comments on our relationship with medicines and with medical treatments. Pharmacopoeia are perhaps best known for their colourful, thought-provoking and strangely moving piece Cradle to Grave, which incorporates a lifetime supply of prescribed drugs (14 000 for the average person in the UK): http://www.cradletograve.org/ If you’re interested in finding out more about Cradle to Grave, there’s a fascinating audio guide (approx five minutes) at the British Museum website: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/aoa/c/cradle_to_grave.aspx
Anti-Bodies: Beyond the Body Ideal is a contemporary art network consisting of Arnolfini, Bristol; Kurator, Plymouth; ProjectBase, Cornwall; Plymouth Arts Centre, Relational, Bristol; and Spacex, Exeter. Anti-Bodies explores different attitudes to the body, contrasting the artist's body-concept against the ideal body-machine of the Olympic athlete.
Note: You need to click the upper right side of the screen to select the ‘Show Info’ option. The BMI project invited participants to submit their name, photo and BMI category (Underweight, Normal, Overweight, etc.) creating a visual and human version of the numbers and categories on the body mass index chart.
This page of the Marie Curie Cancer Care website offers a downloadable 12 page PDF booklet on Spiritual and Religious Care Competencies. Marie Curie Cancer Care have developed this booklet as they take the view that not only the chaplain, but all staff can and do offer spiritual care. The authors distinguish between spirituality and religion, and consider that the latter includes whatever gives a person meaning, value and worth in their life.
An interesting report from a MEDEV funded project on the use of life drawing in undergraduate clinical attachments. There is some thought-provoking content here. Many students involved in the project found it not only helped their observational skills, but also worked to encourage reflection, challenge assumptions and increase empathy.
A five minute clip of the ever-controversial artist Damien Hirst, discussing his installation Pharmacy. There are some interesting quotes such as: ‘People totally believe in medicine and don’t believe in art.’ It’s an interesting comparison to the OOOH creative work: where medical students presenting the human side of medicine. In contrast, Hirst is an artist who tackles themes such as medicine and mortality, with an approach and an aesthetic which could be described as detached and clinical.
Note: If you haven’t already, you will need to register before you can view the article (it’s free). A review of Marc Quinn’s controversial sculpture Alison Lapper Pregnant which occupied one of the plinths in Trafalgar Square between 2005 and 2007. Marc Quinn is known for his use of sculptures cast in body parts (Self, a portrait head used nine pints of Quinn’s own blood). Alison Lapper is an artist and friend of Marc Quinn’s who was born with phocomelia. If you’re interested in finding out more, there is an interesting interview with Alison Lapper at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nulqXwC0nU The following documentary features Quinn discussing his work, including his series of classical marble sculptures of amputees and people born without limbs. http://www.factualtv.com/documentary/Marc-Quinn
This page reports on the Wellcome funded project Flex and Ply headed up by Professor Maclachlan. Flex and Ply includes the zippered gown: an innovative way of teaching anatomy and surgery. The gown is made of silk rather than plastic, which makes it feel more like human tissue. It is covered in zips, which show where incisions are made for operations such as open heart surgery. The gown is not only a memorable teaching aid, it also helps creates empathy and respect for the patient, their identity and their body.