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‘Paint Your Pain’ Workshop for Artists

21 February at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


We are pleased to invite artists to take part in a workshop for the ‘Paint your Pain’ Health and Wellbeing project at OVADA with Sarvenas Sohrabi.

The project, led by MiNaTher at the University of Southampton, asks participants to paint their pictorial representation of pain related to any illness directly or indirectly connected to the person. The team of clinicians, scientists and engineers are interested in analysing artworks collected during workshops. This is done by detecting differences in shapes, use of different colours, different types of brush strokes, size of the drawing and so on. This will allow them to communicate to the public how pain linked to illness affects everyday life and provide a visual representation of human pain.

Acrylic paint, brushes and paper will be provided for participants during the workshop. However, if you work with specific painting materials, please feel free to bring them along.

4.00-5.00pm: Sarvenas Sohrabi will present her research project and the aims of the session. Discussion will follow, where artists will have the chance to speak about ways of exploring pain and illness while undertaking the activity;
5.00-5.30pm: refreshments;
5.30-7.00pm: Hands-on activity where artists will be invited to paint their pain, and anonymously describe the nature of the pain that they painted.

Watch a video about the project on Twitter.

The workshop will be limited to 20 participants. As space is limited, booking via our ONLINE FORM is essential. 

Please note: the workshop is due to take place in our first floor learning space, accessed via stairs only. If this would prevent you from attending, please contact us in advance so that we can discuss individual requirements.

This project is a collaboration between MiNaTher, University of Southampton, John Hansard Gallery, PERuPint of Science Festival and OVADA.  


21 February
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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14a Osney Lane
Oxford, OX1 1NJ United Kingdom
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