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Perceptions of healthcare
Perceptions of healthcare

Hannah Annweiler

Perceptions of healthcare
Sometimes it is worth taking a step back and not thinking about the biological processes we studied and the clinical conditions we learnt to treat, but to see, to properly see, the person we are treating.

Baby Blues
Baby Blues

Charlotte Woodward

Baby Blues
I really enjoyed creating my zine and I think it challenged me to consider health and disease from a new, more creative perspective.

Obesity and its underlying causes
Obesity and its underlying causes

Jessica Kotliarevskaia

Obesity and its underlying causes
Behind every calculated BMI is a person with a unique story and consequently diagnosis.


Danielle Fung

I believe the patience and concentration required in art is also vital for good patient care.


Tabea Stock

Dying is something every person will experience, no matter in which country, language or spirituality. It is the same for all of us.


Yasmin Islam  

Exploring medical issues through the medium of art allows for deeper understanding of patients’ experiences, which is essential for proper treatment

More than Blue
More than Blue


Amel Mokhtari

More than Blue
Painting subjects that are physically ‘normal’ but where the mother is undergoing a psychological illness allowed me to explore and try to come to terms with the mother’s feelings





Alistair Shaw

I have gained a greater understanding of the composition of the hand and how all the different features work together to perform specific movements. Overall, drawing has greatly helped with my understanding of anatomy.

Led by Linda Turner, Medical Humanities

In this highly innovative programme, the Faculty of Medicine at Southampton is unique in offering a mandatory medical humanities module for all of its undergraduate students in year 1 as a vehicle to explore, imagine and engage with patients’ perspectives and experiences through a creative process.

Students can choose from a range of options within the module including art, film, creative writing, drama, music and cultural studies. The module is delivered by colleagues in medical education, humanities, the Nuffield theatre and freelance artists and has been running since 2007.

Creating Digital Learning Resources

Bobbi Moore & Anna Ruff

This option provides an opportunity to learn how to create digital learning resources to reach and engage various audiences.

Creative Writing

Simon Holliday

Does self-knowledge have any useful role in the application and practice of contemporary evidence- based medicine?Students will be encouraged to produce a piece of creative non-fiction or pseudo-scientific writing, however any piece of creative writing such as a poem or short story would also be fine.

Music and Words

Andrew Fisher & Andrew Pinnock

Exploring human experience through music, poetry and prose, especially experience of health and illness. Students are encourageto produce original material reflecting personal interests: poems, stories, songs, short critical reviews.

Mixed Media Zines

Samantha Richards-Hall

This option will introduce a range of materials and techniques for making images that can be developed into narrative sequences for Zines. Students consider the whole person impact of ill health to give voice to multiple perspectives; they also identify their own focus for a creative outcome within this area.

Nuffield Theatre

Ben Mills

‘I See a Voice’: Students will work with a professional director from Nuffield Southampton Theatres exploring their own creativity through drama to produce surprising, fun and moving responses.


Sonia Barrett

Students experiment with mark-making by looking at mark-making in different geographies. They think about how a drawing ‘translates’ a body and how that might relate to medicine through drawing anatomy specimens and nude life models.

Death and Dying – a Creative Response

Karen MacKinnon

An opportunity to explore creative responses to death and dying across different art forms as well as practical aspects of death and dying, such as hospice care, provision for dying at home, funeral practices, hospital protocol, different religious and cultural requirements, etc.

Character Design and Sequential Illustration

Caroline Misselbrook

The aim of this project is to create a series of sequential illustrations, featuring a character or characters, that visually communicate a chosen health related narrative or medical topic.

Film Studies

Daniel O’Brien

The public perception of doctors and medicine is informed to a large extent by their representation in the media, especially film and television. The aim of this unit component is to explore a topic in health or medicine through film.

Narrative Writing

Linda Turner

This option is about reading contemporary stories that explore themes in medicine, analysing and interpreting them as narratives and writing a story. Students explore the ways in which an understanding of story, as the form by which patients communicate ill health, might enable more insight into the patient’s perspective and enhance history taking.

Sound and Experimental Film

Sarah Filmer

Students will think about looking and listening, translation and representation, in the context of moving image and sound. How can we use these skills to discuss, document and question our own and others’ accepted ‘knowledge’? What does it mean to really listen? When we look, what do we see? What responsibilities do we have when we use what we have seen and heard to tell a story, or to explain something? Having explored these questions through group activities, students can apply their thoughts to the making of a short piece of sound or video.

Medicine and Culture

Aude Campmas

Throughout the ages meaning has been projected on to illness and deadly illnesses have often been invested with a great deal of symbolic and cultural significance. Medicine and culture will explore this phenomenon in relation to AIDS when it first appeared and examine how it became a metaphor for everything that was rejected or marginalised by society.


There have been two exhibitions of artwork: ‘Tomorrow’s Doctors: Imaginative and Engaged’ (2011) and ‘The Art of Compassion’ (2014)at Hartley Special Collections, Level 4 Gallery.

These involved collaborations withpatient groups, Saving Faces charity, Bristol University and featured national artists such as Mark Gilbert and Michele Angelo Petrone.

An art competition in conjunction with Saving Faces and Southampton Showcase Gallery - students submitted postcard portraits for an exhibition of 5000 postcard portraits. 

Tessa Yoo
This postcard portrait attempts to portray the complexities of human mentality and emotions and how it affects our mental health.

Iqra Zaidi
In a healthy person, the human heart beats around 115,200 times a day.  The human eye sees 7,000,000 colours and the average human brain has about 100billion neurons. Every day we are capable of perceiving and sensing everything around us. I believe in a system where we all help each other to feel well again, to look into the mirror and see the beautiful colour in our faces and enjoy the beauty of this world.



postcard portrait
postcard portrait by Tessa Yoo
healthy person
healthy person by Iqra Zaidi
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