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The Heart of the Matter Art Exhibition Bristol

Heart of the Matter Art Bristol:

A new exhibition combining art and medicine with a focus on the human heart, will be taking place in Bristol.

The artwork, inspired by patients with congenital heart conditions is a collaboration between British artist Sofie Layton, bioengineer Giovanni Biglino (Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics, Bristol Heart Institute) and health psychologist Jo Wray (Senior Research Fellow in the Cardiorespiratory Division and in the Centre for Outcomes and Experience Research in Children’s Health, Illness and Disability at Great Ormond Street Hospital).

Lead artist, Sofie Layton says: “The Heart of the Matter has been the most extraordinary personal and artistic journey. Working with patients, parents, scientists and clinicians in a workshop setting, I have listened to people’s metaphorical stories of their heart and in some circumstances, I have watched them discover what their own or their child’s heart looks like.

“We gathered together the heart narratives of dozens of people, patients, parents, artists, clinicians and scientists,” continues Sofie, “all of whom have participated in a series of day-long creative workshops which explored the medical and metaphorical heart. The images, ideas and stories that emerged from these workshops are extraordinary, beautiful and thought-provoking.”

The Heart of the Matter will run from 14 July to 19 August 2018 at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) and Centrespace Gallery, before moving to London.

Admission is free.

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