About the project

About the project

This blog documents the first phase of a collaborative visual arts project between artist Emma Hunter, Dr Philip Kilner of the Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Unit at Royal Brompton hospital (part of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust) and rb&hArts – the Trust’s charitable arts programme.

The project will focus on water-flow properties inherent in the structures and dynamics of the human heart and blood system.

This first phase, funded by the Wellcome Trust and devoted to research and development, will include workshops with medical students and with patients of the Trust, as well as the exchange of images and words you will see developing below. The outcome will be a series of works of art which poetically re-imagine the inner landscape of the human body. We hope it will invite audiences to make visual connections between our inner and outer landscapes; the micro and macro, and to consider the biomedical and ecological implications of these connections.

We aim to produce a catalogue to accompany a tour of this work in 2014, before it is hung permanently at Royal Brompton Hospital in London.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Workshop at Royal Brompton Hospital

In December cardiac patients and clinicians at The Royal Brompton Hospital took part in a half day practical workshop which introduced participants to the Stream project and gave them a chance to learn techniques used by artist Emma Hunter. Participants made suminagashi prints, explored meditative drawing techniques and created their own cyanotypes to take away with them.

The workshop received great feedback:
"Beautiful and inspiring"
"Fascinating technique with lovely results"
"Helped me to remember I am a creative person"
"Relaxing and life-enhancing"

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