Dr Lucy Lyons

Lucy Lyons BA (Hons), MA, PhD, MMAA

Drawing Connections: art, medicine and surgery

The relevance of drawing is not always appreciated but this humble activity is essential to design, education and communication in the medical sciences. [Monday 13th July, 4pm]

I have been involved in a variety of projects exploring the role of drawing and its use in medicine, from investigating an extremely rare condition, engaging with contentious specimens in medical collections, to teaching visual note taking to surgeons.

In my presentation I will highlight some of the different challenges, surprises, disappointments and achievements I have encountered as an artist researching in this field.

Lucy Lyons

Lucy investigates drawing as a phenomenological activity that evidences experience and communicates knowledge in medical sciences. Her PhD from Sheffield Hallam University involved using drawing as an activity to investigate the breadth of experiences of Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), a rare disease where connective tissue turns to bone. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at Medical Museion at University of Copenhagen her research investigated issues relating to ageing in a medical museum context through drawing practice.

Lucy is a lecturer in drawing research and painting at City & Guilds of London Art School and artist-in-residence at Barts Pathology Museum, Queen Mary University of London where she coordinates ‘Drawing Parallels: artistic encounters with pathology’ a Share Academy funded project in partnership between University College London, University of the Arts London and London Museums Group. She also teaches visual note taking for surgeons on MEd course at Imperial College, exploring art and medicine at Mary Ward Centre and Drawing4Surgeons at Barts. She is currently exhibiting work in ‘Ce Qui Fait Fragilité’ in Paris and will be showing new work at ‘Anatomica’, an international group show at Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Canada opening January 2015.


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