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Representing the medical body

A one-day workshop exploring artistic responses to the body in relation to health and medicine throughout history.

In 2019, a series of five landmark new medicine galleries will open at the Science Museum in London. A series of contemporary art commissions form a significant part of this project along with images of the human body throughout the history of art.

This provides an ideal opportunity to reflect on the unique ways in which the body has been represented in relation to health and medicine through the history of art and visual culture. This one-day interdisciplinary workshop will bring together artists, scientists and historians of art, science and medicine to explore artistic responses to medicine and representations of the medical body throughout history.

Contributions will take a variety of forms including papers, artist’s talks, films and performances—a draft programme will be available soon. The day will end with a response from Professor Ludmilla Jordanova, Department of History, Durham University.

The workshop is free but places are limited so you will need to book to reserve your place. 

Download a copy of the programme.

Organised by Katy Barrett (Curator of Art Collections) and Sarah Wade (Research Manager).

Scheduled dates