Faculty of Arts

Image and Narrative: Illness, Recovery, Change


Image and Narrative: Illness, Recovery, Change

A free one-day workshop reflecting on the ways in which different forms of digital, visual and textual representation can support health.

Animation and data visualisation will be examined alongside written texts such as newspaper articles and recovery narratives. Both contemporary and historical contexts will be considered.

Registration is now closed.

If you have any queries about the event contact Jonathan or Mark on their emails below.



  • Monday 29 April, 10am-6pm
  • The event is free (including lunch).


  • Room B1, Law and Social Sciences Building, University Park Campus NG7 2RD
    (Campus map)

A limited number of travel bursaries (up to £40) will be available to external PhD and early-career researchers on a first-come-first-served basis.

Target audience

  • Researchers in the arts, humanities and health sciences
  • Health practitioners at any career stage
  • Students
  • Members of the public who are interested in or affected by this topic

Workshop activities

Keynote speaker

Professor Susan Hogan (University of Derby) will present about her Birth Project. The project uses the arts to explore the impact of birth not only on new mothers but on obstestricians, midwives, doulas and birth-partners.

There will be a screening of Mothers Make Contemporary Art one of several films developed by the project. It was nominated for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research in Film Awards.

Other participants and activities

  • Woven Ink, whose animation on eating disorders and pregnancy with King’s College London won the CLAHRC Award for Communicating Research
  • Narrative Experiences Online (NEON), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)-funded study of online stories of personal recovery
  • Dr Elvira Perez Vallejos will lead a Flamenco-Yoga workshop and explore its contribution to health
  • Penelope Mendonca, a graphic facilitator, will be visually capturing the key points of discussion and presenting her research on Values-Based Cartooning
  • Opportunities to access relevant funding and training
  • An exhibition by the textile artist Caren Garfen, whose work addresses issues in health, gender politics and women’s issues in the twenty-first century.

A full schedule is available here.

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Organisers and funding

The event is organised by:

Image and Narrative is funded by the University of Nottingham’s Health Humanities Research Priority Area.



Header image: The health of the child is the power of the nation Children's year, April 1918 - April 1919 / / F. Luis Mora. Creator(s): Mora, Francis Luis, 1874-1940. Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence.


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University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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