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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 April 2006, 09:04 GMT 10:04 UK
Artists draw on body, mind and spirit
One of the works in the exhibition at Queen's
One of the works in the exhibition at Queen's
An exhibition exploring the relationship between art and medicine is set to run for more than a month in Belfast.

A display cabinet symbolising the human body and a medicine bottle containing knitted woollen "pills" form part of the collection.

Body of Work at the Naughton Gallery at Queen's University features works from artists across Ireland.

Themes include the perils of smoking, the use of plants in healthcare and the syringe as both an instrument of healing and of destruction.

The artists have used media ranging from traditional oils and paint, to digital imaging and installation.

The works will contest the fifth annual open art competition at the gallery.

Shan McAnena, curator of the Naughton Gallery, said: "From the anatomical drawings of Da Vinci, right through to the medical and pharmaceutical themed installations of Damien Hirst, there is a long and fascinating history of links between art and medicine.

"Body of Work further explores these links in the light of current art techniques and recent developments in medical technology and practice, leading to an unusual and revealing look at all aspects of health care - for mind, body and spirit."

A display cabinet symbolises the human body
A display cabinet symbolises the human body

Professor Jean Orr of Queen's said the artists had been asked to think about health in the broadest sense, "drawing on not only body, mind and spirit at an individual level but also on the influence of culture, environment and society on the well-being of the population".

"The works selected reflect issues concerning both the health care professionals and the population at large in the 21st century," she said.

The exhibition runs at the Naughton Gallery at Queen's from 13 April to 25 May.

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