Creative Arts

The creative arts can relate to many forms of the arts embodied in action and practice among them (but not restricted to) drama, dance and musical performance, visual arts, writing, publishing, graphic arts, cartooning, film, multi media and design.

In Humane

To be humane is to have or show compassion or benevolence.

Being concerned with the alleviation of suffering.

To interact with care, consideration and respect.


the word medicine is from the Latin ars medicina, meaning the art of healing.

Broadly speaking the practice of medicine is to be

active in the prevention and treatment of illness.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Artist in Residence Fosters Learning in Medicine

 This post is part of our continuing book profile series featuring excerpts and quotes from the contributors to the upcoming book, "Creative Arts in Humane Medicine"......


"The role of the artist is to challenge, change and provoke science..."
J. McLachlan

art Rachael Allen

"In the anatomy labs, I focus on observing the way students interact with the embalmed and plastinated prosections, how they physically handle the specimens, the body language and facial expressions, the conversations that occur amongst peer groups and teaching staff, the conduct of all (living) present in the lab, and the manner of interaction with all teaching materials.  During this time, I too experience heightened emotions associated by the materiality of the bodies, the anomalous encounter of life and death in close proximity, and the provocation of ethical issues."
From the book "Creative Arts in Humane Medicine", for publication 2013.

Rachael Allen
Currently artist in residence at three university anatomy labs in the North East of England (Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham), the artist explores the role of visual art in anatomy and medical pedagogy, while also situating her practice within the Medical Humanities nationwide.