Emma Barnard




Emma Barnard is a visual artist, specialising in lens-based media and sound installations. Her work deals with social commentary, seeking to highlight contemporary issues and encourage debate surrounding them. The experience Emma has gained through several years of working with consultant surgeons and their patients from various disciplines, including ENT and Psychodermatology, is now influencing the field of medical education.

Her "Patient as Paper" (co-founded with Mr Mike Papesch FRACS, ENT consultant surgeon) artwork has been presented at several conferences within the medical and medical humanities fields, and most recently at University College London, Medical School and in a series of presentations at Surrey University for the Department of Health Sciences. At King's Medical School in London Emma has led a highly successful pilot project to introduce art into medical education. Emma sat on the Arts and Ethics Subcommittee at the World Congress in Bioethics 2016 and is also a member of the Arts and Ethics Research Group (AERG) at the University of Edinburgh. The AERG seeks to encourage both new insights and public debate around ethical, legal, and social aspects of the practice and governance of medical research and healthcare.





Born: London

Lives and works: London, UK

2005 Master of Arts Fine Art:Printmaking Royal College of Art London

2003 Post Graduate Diploma Fine Art University of East London

2001 Bachelor of Arts Graphic Fine Art University of East London

Exhibitions & Conferences (Selection)


2019 A Dry and Silent World: hidden disabilities, Museum of Life Sciences, London

2017 Primum Non Nocere, Berlin Blue Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2017 A Stitch in Time, The Lawson Practice, London, UK

2013 - Person As Patient, Solo Show and Artist/Surgeon Talk, William Morris Gallery, London, UK

Touring Exhibitions

Primum Non Nocere

2018 – Alison Richards Building, Cambridge University, UK

2017 Warwick University, UK, BBA Gallery, Berlin, Germany

If Yesterday Were Today

2015 Apiary Studio, London, UK, BBA Gallery, Berlin, Germany, Bel Canto Gallery, Barga, Italy

Patients As People

2017 - Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Surrey University, UK

2016 - Ashford Hospital, Surrey,UK

2015 St Peters Hospital, Surrey,UK, Strategic Clinical Network and Senate NHS, Cambridge,UK

2014 Faculty of Medicine, Lancaster University,UK , NHS Leadership Academy, Leeds,UK , Dept of Health - London Creativity and Wellbeing Week, London, UK , Health and Care Innovation Expo 2014 – Manchester, UK

2013 St Bartholomews Hospital, London, UK , The Royal London Hospital, London, UK, Surgical Gateway Centre, Newham University Hospital, London, UK

2012 Patients As People launch, Whipps Cross University Hospital, London, UK


2019 Arts in Dentistry Showcase, Inigo Rooms, East Wing, Somerset House, London,UK

2017 End of Year Group Show, Berlin Blue Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2017 Fieldworks, An exhibition of the AERG (Arts and Ethics Research Group),

2017 Mason Institute, Edinburgh University, UK

2016 IAB – World Congress of Bioethics, Artist and Curator, Arts & Ethics Group Show, Edinburgh, UK

2010 Fichtennadel, Diamond Exchange, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

2010 Changing Rooms Gallery, London,UK

2009 Group Show, The Red Room, Rose & Crown Theatre, London,UK

2008 RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2007 They Do Things Differently There, The Crypt, St Pancras Church, London, UK

2007 Through The Looking Glass, Building 1000, Royals Business Park, London,UK

2006 Video Art London, FAMU (Academy of Performing Arts), Smetanovo nabrezi, Praha, Czech Republic

2005 Like Nowhere Else, Royal College of Art, London,UK

2005 The London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy of the Arts, London,UK

2005 Land, Honigfabrik, Gravenweishach/Frankfurt, Germany

2005 Second Year Itch, Cáfe Gallery Projects, London,UK

2004 Sight and Sound (incollaboration with Renata Kudlacek), Hockney Gallery, London,UK

2004 We Are All a Bit Different, Chambers Gallery, London,UK

2003 Campaigning, Politics and Shopping, Unit 2 Gallery, London,UK

2003 Metrospective, Aldwych Tube Station, London,UK

2003 Cascade, UEL, London,UK

Flaco Zacarias