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10 three months after the birth of a baby

11 Structured drawing activities (2007-2011) with
staff of a mixed ethnicity hospital community in
south–east London, based on the concept that
drawing is a useful tool in the practice of empa-
thy, which is thought to be essential to the prac-
tice of medicine. Empathy, “putting oneself in the
shoes of another” is examined critically through
drawing as practice, conducted within the hospi-
tal environment. This research coincides with a
period of immense change for the hospital Trust
where I work as both an artist in residence and a
consultant microbiologist, looping between one
practice and the other on a daily basis.

12 In my first experiment in 2008 I asked confident
participants to repeat the drawing process, still
with eyes closed but with greater contact with the
ground, either lying down to draw or gently rest-
ing the head on the ground to draw with both
hands. I provided a yoga mat, head cushion and a
screen of clean washing, on a white clothes horse,
to shield them from the gaze of people wander-
ing along the corridor next to the hospital gal-
lery where the event was taking place. In 2010
events benefits were noted by participants who
welcomed the opportunity to lie down for a few
moments during a hectic clinical day.

13 or public hospital corridor

14 In my original experiments in 2008 & 2010, par-
ticipants included doctors, nurses, and porters,
catering staff and occasionally patients and rela-

15 The use of this technique in hospital events did
not take place until spring 2011 when my collab-
orative art practice in the hospital was very well

16 Brief Encounters, Morvah Schoolhouse,
Penzance, Cornwall, Spring 2012

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