Faculty of Health and Social Care Guest Lecture – Professor Desmond O’Neill

4th Feb 2016, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Tate Liverpool

the snail

The Art of the Demographic Dividend

“When students troop into my introductory lecture on geriatric medicine, they are generally surprised that the first slide is Henri Matisse’s The Snail (1953): radical, vibrant, and witty, it does not quite conform to their preconceptions of medicine with older people. The second slide, of the 83-year-old Matisse in a wheelchair, provides the context: his later life not only provides surprising developments in his art, but it occurs in the face of significant disability. Indeed, Matisse’s response to illness illustrates not just his resourcefulness, but also the role of adversity in sparking personal growth.”  Des O’Neill

This event is presented in Tate Liverpool as part of our corporate partnership. The audience will have private access to Matisse in Focus exhibition including a rare opportunity to see The Snail outside of London.

Professor Desmond O’Neill’s work on Neurosciences and Ageing focuses on stroke, in particular recovery following stroke, as well as prediction of fitness to drive following stroke and dementia

Presented by the Post Graduate Medical Institute


This event is part of a wider programme of events taking place at Edge Hill over the coming months as part of the Festival of Ideas 2016, a diverse range of events exploring culture, health and society. The main theme is Imagining Better – envisioning ways for communities, arts and healthcare to develop and flourish, even in times of austerity and inequality.

Details of all events can be found here