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Performing medicine

A mock dance in a case of chorea. From Fulgence Raymond and Pierre Janet: Nevroses et idée (1898)

Performing Medicine is a programme of courses, workshops and events which use the arts to provide training to medical students and practising health professionals. The project is led by Clod Ensemble in association with Barts and The London, School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London. Courses and workshops for medical students are delivered across Barts and The London, King’s and Imperial Colleges.

We offer artist led, practical based programmes which aim to raise the profile of the benefits arts can bring to medicine and healthcare as well as establishing arts as a key teaching methodology in medical training.

A wide range of cutting edge contemporary artists and thinkers deliver our courses, working in a range of art forms from theatre to dance to photography, including Bobby Baker, Split Britches, John Wright, Deborah Padfield, Rosetta Life, Dominc Johnson and Barbara Houseman.

We also curate events which aim to engage the general public with issues at the heart of medicine and healthcare.


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Supported by

Arts Council England, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and The School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, LCACE, Wellcome Trust. 

Winner of the Times Higher Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, 2007