About this event

  • Date and time Thu 28 Nov 2019 from 7:00pm to 10:15pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Students Committee, Reforming Anatomy

Reforming Anatomy and the RSM Students Committee will bring an exciting evening to the RSM, with drinks, nibbles and an informal, comfortable environment as we explore conceptions of mental health in contemporary art and medicine through lectures, lively interdisciplinary debates and a performance from the Corali Dance Company.

This unique event will bring together leading professionals in the arts and sciences to provide their honest perspectives on dialogues between creativity and healthcare.

The focus will be on assessing two opposing views:

  • That levels of creativity are commensurate with risk of suffering from psychological illness;
  • That art constitutes an effective mode of treatment for mental health disorders.

Through questioning these two perspectives, we will reach a conclusion on the relationship between the arts, mental wellbeing and holistic clinical practice.

This will be the first of three events in a new series with Reforming Anatomy. All three events will be connected through the central discussion of “What is Health?” considering its mental, social, and physical dimensions. We will explore the intersection of contemporary art and medicine, synthesising science’s investment in objectivity and the arts’ focus on subjectivity to illuminate the conditions of human life. Inspiring a collaborative and engaging atmosphere, the events will consist of dynamic and multifaceted programmes incorporating keynote talks, performances, short film screenings, and contemporary artworks. 

Educational Objectives

  • Gain familiarisation and contact with individuals and charities that work in the cutting edge field of arts and health;
  • Be able to appreciate the wide scope for creative practice in providing holistic and successful mental health care;
  • Value critical thinking and debate to explore the art of clinical practice.


Standard pricing available until 27 November 2019.


RSM Trainee RSM Student
£25.00 £15.00

Non - Member

Non Healthcare Professional Trainee Student
£28.00 £28.00 £18.00


View the programme 28 November 2019

Registration, welcome drink and short film screening
Welcome address from Reforming Anatomy
Try a Little Tenderness: Madness and Artful Caring

Dr Anna Harpin, Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance

Mental health and the arts

Errol Francis, CEO of Culture&

Tea and coffee break
Communicating chronic pain in the clinical consultation

Deborah Padfield, Visual Artist

The neurology of interpreting spaces and design

Kenny Sheppard, Trained architect and artist

Panel Discussion

 Corali Dance Company

Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom