Cardiff Met students making links between medicine and the arts

​29/05/2015

Students from Cardiff Metropolitan University last week took part in a public event exploring the anatomy of the heart at Cardiff University's Cochrane Medical Education Centre. 

Inside Information: The Heart saw participants get to grips with the heart from an anatomist's and a dancer's perspective, and experience a simulated demonstration of a medical emergency.

The event was illustrated by students from Cardiff School of Art and Design, and was led by Professor Judith Hall, Dr Cristina Diaz Navarro, Dr Balachandran, Dr Hannah Shaw and Emma Lewis.

The event aimed to combine anatomy, medicine, visual art and creative thought to examine the representation of bodies in medical culture. The session revealed the way contemporary artists can utilise knowledge of the anatomy in their work.

Chris Glynn, Senior Lecturer in Illustration at Cardiff Met said "Crossing boundaries between arts disciplines and medicine to illustrate new insights is an exciting and necessary place to be in the face of narrowing financial and humanitarian arteries. Our students benefit enormously from this kind of engagement with public experience and specialist knowledge."

The Inside Information workshop, a collaboration between London-based performing arts company Clod Ensemble and Professor Judith Hall forms part of Wales Millennium Centre's Performing Medicine: The Anatomy Season.

Clod Ensemble are well known in their field for using methods found in the arts to help medical students and health professionals develop skills critical for healthcare and clinical practice.

A similar event took place in November 2013 which explored the larynx through emergency simulation, anatomic models, specimens and song.

Such events are said to provoke lateral thinking about the nature of medical care, the experience of patients and professionals, and the relationship between ethics, communication, science, and society.