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What kinds of risk-taking makes for better healthcare?

With Becky Shaw (artist) & Mavis Machirori (PhD student, Health Research)

Becky-Shaw-LampThe type of knowledge generated by research can often sit in uncomfortable opposition to practice-led learning. We look at the roles of research in our disciplines, how we balance the roles of the researcher/student and the demands of ethics vs the daily reality of research, as well as how we move from qualified/knowledgeable clinician to researcher/student. Transition between roles often generates anxiety and even conflict, so we are keen to explore whether balance can exist in the multiplicity of roles we occupy as we work to make a difference to our disciplines. Some of these conflicts of identity also exist in artistic practice, so thinking about the similarities and differences in our situations might generate fresh insight. 

These questions, along with others posed by research students, were discussed in fortnightly forums hosted by artist Becky Shaw, using creative responses including role-play, film and object handling drawn from the archive of Florence Nightingale, amongst others. 

Past events

March 10 - The Florence Nightingale Museum
Museum Introduction to Becky’s work, object handling & group discussion - e-flyer

March 24 - Waterloo
Reading of texts, discussion, workshops

April 14 - Waterloo
Role play, filming

For more infomation about the artist see her website here:


This project is part of Utopia2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility, a collaboration between Somerset House, King’s College London and the Courtauld Institute of Art. 

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