Anatomical Art Exhibition 2020: an Interview with the Director

With less than 5 weeks to submit artwork for UCL Anatomical Art Exhibition 2020: Mirrored Anatomies, we interviewed the exhibition Director to get a better idea of what the upcoming exhibition is all about, and to get her top tips for artists who wish to submit their work!

1. Please Introduce yourself.

Hi. My name’s Claudia. I am a fourth-year UCL Medical Student and this year’s Exhibition Director for UCL Anatomy Society. I am excited to bring two seemingly separate passions of mine, anatomy and art, into one.
Though scientific in nature, I believe Medicine is art of communication, of observation and, of people. I was awarded a Heller Bursary (2018-19) from UCLMS to pursue a drawing course at the Slade School of Fine Art. When comparing my work in the Anatomy Lab to life drawing class, I noted that both are unique, private environments, where we have the privilege to observe and study the anatomy of another individual, and that a degree of clinical or artistic detachment is conducive to analysis.

2. What is this academic year’s Anatomical Art Exhibition theme?

“Mirrored Anatomies”. We think “Mirrored” can really have a wide range of interpretations. It could be scientific, abstract or literal.
If you need some inspiration, think along the lines of twins, cases of situs inversus and symmetry/asymmetry. Or consider the body’s ability to mirror another body’s movements, consciously in dance, or unconsciously with yawning or someone you like. This is because of special ‘mirror neurones’ nerve cells!
On a more abstract level, mirrors also imply reflection and perception – how do you see yourself in a mirror, is it your true self, and what about in mental health disorders like anorexia?

3. What was your inspiration for this year’s theme?

I started by thinking about what I found beautiful in anatomy. My first thought was ballet dancers, who typically have slim and athletic bodies that reveal so much surface anatomy. I thought: how could I incorporate dance into an exhibition? I then thought of a duet, with two persons mirroring each other’s movements.
The theme is particularly fitting because this year marks 500 years since Leonardo Da Vinci’s death. He had a unique and creative mind. Although he was left-handed, he wrote from right to left, with the writing completely “Mirrored”. His drawings are recognisable because of the “Mirrored” shading, reflecting the easier direction of marking a paper for a left-handed person.

4. Why is art important in anatomy/ relationship between anatomy and art?

At the time when Leonardo da Vinci originally trained as an artist, it was necessary to study anatomy for a realistic, accurate depiction. Yet, he was so fascinated by anatomy, that he progressed with its study far beyond the knowledge required to produce artistic work – he practiced cadaveric dissection.
In the past, anatomy dissection rooms were open to both artists and medics, but it is primarily reserved for the latter nowadays. An exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts displayed these écorché figures that were created from de-skinned cadavers, and together with sculptures, formed part of artists’ preliminary training – before they were considered good enough to learn drawing from life models. At the RA they have an in-house Professor of Anatomy, a tradition that has held since the establishment of the academy in the 18th century.

5. Top 3 tips for artists who want to submit artwork

Tip 1: think carefully about what “Mirrored” means to you and any initial thoughts that come to mind.
Tip 2: attend our workshop series! We have some very exciting events lined up, including a collaboration with UCL Art Society, and of course, the talk by the current RA Professor of Anatomy.
Tip 3: start working on your piece early! This will give you plenty of time to think about the theme, work on your piece and refine it.

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Check out the Anatomical Art Exhibition 2020: Mirrored Anatomies tab above for more information: https://ucluanatomy.com/anatomical-art-exhibition/

Anatomy Society Winter Social

Join us in celebrating the end of term by putting on your Christmas jumpers and coming up to the Rockefeller building for an evening of festive themed activities!

We will be decorating skeleton posters (with the chance to have the best on exhibited at our Anatomical Art Exhibition in Feb) alongside listening to Christmas tunes and just getting in the holiday spirit

There will be food and snacks!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/446221262745965/

Date: Thursday 12th December 2019
Time: 18:00-20:00
Location: Rockefeller Building 339

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UCL Art x Anatomy Soc Life Drawing Collaboration

Date Thursday 21st Nov 2019
Time 6-8pm
Location IOE C3.09, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL London, United Kingdom74831325_1235622273275822_2968163331744989184_o

A life workshop welcoming members from both UCL Anatomy and UCL Art Societies for an evening of drawing.
Our tutor Lily Holder will be leading an exciting session with TWO MODELS.
At the end of this event, we will encourage you to submit your best pieces to the Anatomical Art Exhibition 2020.

Open to members; capacity 60 people
Bring £3 in cash to pay at the door

Be sure to get membership to either UCL Art Soc and Anat Soc on the following links:

http://studentsunionucl.org/clubs-societies/anatomy-society
http://studentsunionucl.org/clubs-societies/art-society

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/480876979450799/

Crossing Boundaries: Intersections between Anatomy & Art

As part of our Anatomical Art Exhibition event series, we are delighted to welcome Professor Roger Kneebone to provide us with a unique insight into the synergy between anatomical science and art.

Read more about our accomplished speaker from this article (yes, he’s a bit famous): https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/05/doctor-change-view-nhs-roger-kneebone

Prof Kneebone is the current Professor of Anatomy at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and has had an illustrious and varied career.
He first trained as a Trauma Surgeon working in warzones of Southern Africa and in the UK, and later became a GP in Wiltshire. He is also an academic at Imperial College London, and directs the Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science.

With his passion for collaborative research at the intersections between disciplines, this will be a uniquely fascinating talk that will illustrate the continued relevance of anatomy in art.

All degrees welcome!

Date: Monday 2nd December 2019
Time: 6-7pm
Venue: B20 Jevons LT, Drayton House

Click ‘going’ on our Facebook event: 75553088_1230193733818676_6222935491918954496_ohttps://www.facebook.com/events/2944303488947885/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1573067886453349

🎨CALL FOR ENTRIES – MIRRORED ANATOMIES🎨

75237381_1226506190854097_3432662086302302208_nWe are currently accepting creative work from students of all subjects to submit to our Anatomical Art Exhibition 2020.
The theme this year is MIRRORED ANATOMIES, an opportunity to explore a wide range of subjects that illustrate the inversion, (a)symmetry and duplication of anatomical forms.

We accept diverse media – from drawing to medical imaging to sculpture, but also painting, photography & poetry.

Email in your piece or any qs to our Curators Rachel and Vittoria at rachel.sava.18@ucl.ac.uk

Deadline: 12th January 2020

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/481463072450713/permalink/485524968711190/

Anatomical Art Exhibition 2020: Mirrored Anatomies

UCL Anatomy Society is hosting its 2020 Anatomical Art Exhibition!

Please see the ‘Anatomical Art Exhibition 2020: Mirrored Anatomies’ tab above.

Here are the event details:

Date: Sunday 2 February 2020
Time: 11:00-19:00
Venue: Jeremy Bentham Room, University College London Gower Street, WC1E 6BT London
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/481463072450713/?active_tab=about

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Anatomy Tutorial: Upper Limb

Surgical society x Anatomy society are pleased to announce their preclinical anatomy tutorials are back again!

With small group teaching from older years these tutorials cover high-yield information, example SBAs and give you
an opportunity to ask any questions you have around one of the biggest topics in 2nd year.

Tuesday 29 October, 18:00-20:00, location TBC: Upper Limb
Thursday 7 November: Lower Limb
Thursday 23 January: Head and Neck

Click the link below to sign up for any/all of the upcoming tutorials.
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=_oivH5ipW0yTySEKEdmlwhWuLGuKIMtDjS_Zbgo2EaJUOEQ2U1hJVzhOVkVWQ0xFVkZRWkFWMUFUWi4u&fbclid=IwAR3PZ1xDgshSjqnBUw59kvqFoUJb8ihTwBFAMqqcR0nZMpIftnPpx8ncYdo

Click ‘going’ on our Facebook event to get the latest updates on this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/662370164286658/

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