29 May 2019

Each year, the College runs an Art of Pathology competition, where people of all ages can submit paintings, drawings, sculptures, digital art, collages or any other media on a specific theme.

This year's theme is Pathology: a new point of view. Participants are invited to interpret this theme in their own unique and creative way, while exploring different aspects of pathology. The competition closes on Monday 23 September 2019. We've provided some questions for consideration and useful links to help entrants explore this year's theme and gain a deeper understanding of pathology to inspire their artwork. These can be found on our Art of Pathology competition webpage

There are three categories for entry:

  • Under 11s
  • 11-18s
  • Over 18s

The judges are College Fellows, Dr Rachael Liebmann and Dr Lorna Williamson, and science-based artist, Dr Lizzie Burns. A £50 prize will be awarded to the most creative work in each category, and the best entries will be published on our website and featured in the College magazine, The Bulletin. The winner of the 'Peoples' Choice' will receive a College goody bag. 

Science and art are often viewed as two distinct entities. Science is regarded as being analytical and objective, whereas art is thought to be subjective and open to interpretation by the viewer. However, upon closer inspection, it’s clear to see how the two go hand in hand. Both artists and scientists seek to understand the world around them and have an extraordinary capacity for observation. Case in point: Leonardo Da Vinci. The famous polymath, who excelled as a scientist, engineer and as an artist. 

“To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; Study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” – Leonardo Da Vinci.

Across the 17 pathology specialties, creativity is an essential and vastly beneficial skill that drives the advancement of knowledge. This competition encourages participants of all ages to use pathology as inspiration to cultivate their creativity. We look forward to seeing your entries!