The Art of Healthcare

The Art of Healthcare is a programme of public events taking place across London, as part of the Performing Medicine at SaIL project.

This series of practical workshops, delivered by leading artists and arts organisations, will explore how the arts can enhance healthcare, and support health workers in their professional practice.

All workshops are FREE to healthcare professionals across King’s Health Partners, and staff at KCL, otherwise £10 (concessions £5). No previous arts or performance experience is required, and events are open to those interested in health, medical education and arts. For information on how to book, please visit the What’s On page.


Sculpting Surgery: Eleanor Crook

Reconstructive surgery is the mainstay of a plastic surgeon’s work. Although the press and public often equate plastic surgery with cosmetic surgery, the vast majority of plastic surgery procedures carried out in the UK are in fact reconstructive.

In this full day workshop, artist Eleanor Crook will introduce you to wax modelling techniques that will allow you to simulate a reconstructive plastic surgery procedure on a wax cast face.

Eleanor will teach by demonstrating, as well as giving a slide presentation on the history of facial reconstructive surgery. You will learn about
surgical stitches (suturing), facial blood supply and skin ap design, before performing a surgical procedure on your own true-to-life medical model, to take home with you.

Eleanor Crook trained in sculpture at Central St Martins and the Royal Academy of Art. Eleanor lectures on art and anatomy at the RCA and is a lecturer on the new MA programme in Art & Science at Central Saint Martins. She is a member of Biomab, an international art and medicine education group, at the University of Antwerp.


Here are some participants’ reflections on the Sculpting Anatomy Course workshop from July 2015

Previous Art of Healthcare events