Emma Barnard is a visual artist,specialising in lens-based media and sound installations. Since graduating fromthe Royal College of Art, her work has been exhibited widely across England and internationally, most recently in Berlin. With an interest in social commentary her work seeks to highlight contemporary issues and encourage debate surrounding them. She is on the Arts and Ethics Subcommittee of the WorldCongress in Bioethics, Edinburgh 2016.

Currently Artist in Residence at Whipps Cross University Hospital, Barts Health NHS, working on a project titled Patient As Paper, co-founded with ENT (Head and Neck) consultant surgeon Mike Papesch FRACS with the aim of exploring the patient experience through art. ‘ Emma Barnard, in this artistic collaboration with surgeons, is concerned with the depersonalising, dehumanising and objectifying effects of being and becoming the subject of a medical record’. (Dr. Bronwyn Poleykett, Medical Anthropologist, Cambridge University)

The results of this collaboration are being shown in the touring exhibition Patients As People ,which highlights the patient experience from a visual perspective. Touring England for three years, it has now been installed in eleven different venues includingthe Department of Health, London and the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo inManchester. She was also one of the artists selected to show work in the touring exhibition If  Yesterday Were Today, which travelled to Tuscany, Berlin and London in 2015.

Having recently completed a collaborative visual arts-based project which was new to medical education and aimed to promote empathy and resilience in medical students, artist Emma Barnard, consultant Stephanie Strachan and medical student Katharine Stambollouian will be discussing the importance and relevance of art in medical education and their learning from the project pilot.

‘The artwork helping health careprofessionals see beyond patients’ illnesses’

Guardian Healthcare Network:

The Reading Room - 'Patients As People'

BMJ Medical Humanities:

Twitter - @PatientAsPaper

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