Parabola Arts CentreI has an exhibition at the 2013 Medicine Unboxed Conference, at the Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham. I displayed a series of paintings which touched, indirectly, on various health issues and their implications within my family.

The theme of Medicine Unboxed 2013 was Voice, and the event took place on 23-24 November 2013. Speakers included: Andrew MotionJocelyn Pook, Roger Kneebone, Eleanor Longden, Fi Glover, Jackie Kay, Bobby Baker, Melanie Pappenheim, Deborah Bowman, Rebecca Askew, Eduardo Miranda, Allyson Pollock, Jo Shapcott, Rhys Morgan, Julian Baggini, Richard Bentall, Charles Fernyhough, Roger Taylor, Bob Heath, Birmingham Medical School Choir and Raymond Tallis.

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Medicine Unboxed is a project arising from a view that good medicine demands more than scientific and technical expertise, and that it necessitates ethical judgment, an understanding of human experience, empathy, professionalism and wisdom. Medicine Unboxed is a not-for-profit organisation that has held five international conferences (Unboxing Medicine, 2009; Stories, Language and Medicine, 2010; Medicine and Values, 2011; Belief, 2012; Voice, 2013) in Cheltenham, UK. The aim of Medicine Unboxed is to explore “understanding medicine through the arts and humanities”, and engage the public and front-line National Health Service staff with a view of medicine that is infused and elaborated by the humanities, with a view to promoting dialogue around the goals and values of medicine within society. Contributors to the conferences include artists, writers, the clergy, poets, philosophers, lawyers, linguists, musicians, theatre, ethicists, academics and doctors.

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Notable contributors to Medicine Unboxed include Amateur TransplantsDannie AbseGwyneth LewisJo ShapcottFrank HarsentGabriel Weston and Raymond Tallis. Medicine Unboxed is curated by Dr. Sam Guglani, Consultant Oncologist at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, that supports the organisation along with the Wellcome Foundation. The Creative Director is Peter Thomas and advisors are Dr. Sean Elyan and Dame Janet Trotter. Tom de Freston Tom de Freston