“Live the questions now” at the Wellcome Centre, Exeter

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Exhibition of Medical Humanities students’ work at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

21 June 2019 – 30 January 2020


In their fourth year, students at Exeter Medical School undertake a Medical Humanities course alongside their more academic and clinical studies. I taught one of the units, using conceptual art as a way into thinking about uncertainty and risk, chance and choice in life, humans’ connections with the rest of nature, self-care as a student and qualified practitioner. I expected the students to question everything, and produce work that will provoke thought. Which they did!

Our last session as a small group took the form of an exhibition/exam, in which we critiqued and discussed each piece and the process in turn. The work appeared alongside all the other groups at the Medical Humanities end-of-year conference in June.

I then arranged and curated an exhibition of the work in the library of the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health on Exeter University’s Streatham Campus.

The Centre “is dedicated to providing innovative approaches to enabling health and well-being across the life course. The Centre brings experts together from different disciplines. By combining their knowledge and skills the Centre can address health & well-being issues that affect people from all walks of life.”

The exhibition has already attracted a lot of interest and positive responses, for example providing a case study that the Centre can use in its discussion with other universities worldwide about the teaching of Medical Humanities.

The Centre is open during normal working hours. I suggest contacting them first before visiting. Please get in touch with me if you are interested in an exhibition of the work.


Click on the thumbnail for a larger image. You can also download the exhibition interpretation and a booklet of the students’ reflections on their work.