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Under the skin: anatomy, art and identity 2019

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Accompanied by a series of talks, tours, workshops & lates
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Under the skin: anatomy, art and identity is an exhibition of contemporary artworks of the human body in a range of media that incorporates glass, ceramic, performance and sculpture which can be seen displayed alongside historical books and drawings. Contemporary artists exhibiting are Andrew Carnie, Amanda Couch, Adelaide Damoah, Tamsin van Essen, Rebecca D Harris, Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, Sofie Layton, Lucy Lyons, Liz Orton, Bee Flowers, Angela Palmer, and Ruth Uglow.

Catch the exhibition from 10 Oct 2019 to 3 April 2020 at the Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE. Operating hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and until 8pm on the first Thursday of the month. Pre-booking is not required to this free exhibition, however if you're planning to visit as a group of 6 or more, email history@rcplondon.ac.uk in advance to arrange your visit. Check planned closure days before your visit. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible and you'll find info on accessibility HERE.


This exhibition of anatomical art looks closely at the shapes, structures and textures of the human organs and tissues hidden under the skin. Physicians and surgeons have been studying our complex relationship to our bodies for years, and as technology has advanced, artists and printers have developed diverse tools and techniques to represent the layers of the three-dimensional human form. The works presented may evoke feelings of fascination and delight in duality with disgust and horror.

Anatomical illustrations attempt to communicate objective truths about the body, but beyond that it also begs the question about power. Whose bodies are being used? Who controls how they are depicted? This exhibition is part of Thinking 3D, an interdisciplinary exploration of the concept and communication of three-dimensionality and the impact it has on the arts and sciences. Your input is welcome and your thoughts about the exhibition can be shared using #RCPUnderTheSkin @RCPmuseum


Under the skin is accompanied by a series of talks, tours, workshops and Lates on the first Thursday of the month* Please REGISTER via the given links below for the FREE Museum Late events to secure your spot. Select the date of the talks you're most interested in to attend via the drop down menu.

Museum Late, Thursday 10 October*, 5.30-8pm *(a week later than usual)
Whose body is it anyway? Artist talk and panel discussion, Wednesday 20 November (booking opens soon)
Beautiful bodies: archives uncovered, Tuesday 26 November
* Plus more to be announced.
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Why? Under the skin: anatomy, art and identity - 2019 Exhibition
When: 10 October 2019 - 3 April 2020: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm and until 8pm on the first Thursday of the month* (a week later than usual on 10 Oct 5.30-8pm)
Where: Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE
Cost: Free Entry
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