Festival of Ideas: Explore your Face – from Art to Surgery

21st Oct 2019, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

This 90 minute immersive workshop is an art and surgery collaboration that will allow people engaging in the workshop to explore their own face from both an artistic and physical perspective, and develop an understanding of the pioneering work being undertaken to shift surgical training to a new dimension. Within the workshop delegates will engage in creative activities to assuage their curiosity about what informs surgical techniques and to explore their face:

  • Using mirrors and simple drawing techniques the delegates will be guided through a series of creative exercises and experiences that will explore an artistic understanding of the face and its sub-units.
  • Then using a novel training facial mask (Surgical Art Face©) that has facial topography and will allow facial alterations, the delegates will be introduced to a unique training technique (an ‘art-science cross over”).
  • Finally, the delegates will have an opportunity to creatively re-engineer the face using a variety of craft materials.

The value and potential contributions of art to medicine, health and wellbeing are reasonably well-established. However, the connections between art and surgery are literally at the cutting edge of innovative practice.

Professor Vaiude is a leading proponent of the application of the principles of art to enhance surgical training.  The arts, that range from traditional painters and sculptors, mask makers, horologists and even performance artists deliver diverse and elegant learning points.  This invokes creativity and adaptability to varied clinical situations, which Professor Vaiude believes is the value in the transition from being a purely technical surgeon to an artistic surgeon.

Key contributors

  • Prof Partha Vaiude, Consultant Plastic, Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgeon; Managing Director, Surgical Art, Liverpool.
  • Amy Honey, Surgical Art
  • Prof Bernie Carter, Professor of Children’s Nursing, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine, Edge Hill University
  • Dr Catherine Wilkinson, Senior Lecturer in Education, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Dr Samantha Wilkinson, Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Book your place at FOHSCEvents@edgehill.ac.uk

This event is part of Edge Hill University’s annual Festival of Ideas.   Programmed by the University’s three Research Institutes, ISR, ICE and HRI, this year the festival will explore the theme of Exchanges: Creativity, Community, Curiosity.

The exchange of ideas is the fuel of the knowledge and creative economy. Locally, nationally and internationally we are all involved in sharing concepts, swapping insights, and trading opinions. This year’s festival explores communication, reciprocity, and transactions in all areas, from policy making to healthcare, social enterprise to cultural production. Be the exchange you want to see

More information about the festival and the full programme of events is available here