ANZAHPE 2020 Vision for Learning cultures - call for submissions

“Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.”
John Berger, Ways of Seeing, 1972.

We are delighted to announce the inaugural Ways of Seeing in Healthcare exhibition which will be held as part of ANZAHPE 2020. The exhibition will showcase the creative talents of our health professions education community, including educators, researchers, clinicians and students.

Ways of Seeing in Healthcare will promote different ways of knowing, and challenge presiding ‘knowledge’ in healthcare that privileges certainty, science, and individualism. The aim of the exhibition is to widen the lens, to provoke, challenge, and inspire us to think more deeply about learning cultures and how they influence health professions education and practice.

This exhibition will be launched as part of the conference welcome drinks and then stay up for the duration of the conference to provide a space for reflection.

We invite submissions on the integration and/or intersection art making plays in your professional work with a focus on the culture of health care.

Submission Instructions

Creative projects should be emailed to no later than Friday 31 January 2020. Submissions must include;
  1. your full contat details
  2. a photograph of the creative work. Creative pieces can include: painting, drawings, MRI art, photograph or montage, textiles/fabric work, poetry, mosaic, small sculptures/woodwork.
  3. the specific dimensions of the artwork (if submitting to the LIVE category). Please see below for size guidelines.
  4. an artistic statement describing the art (up to 100 words) that includes an explanation of how the work relates to, and reflects your personal/professional experiences in health professions education and practice.

There will be a LIVE & DIGITAL exhibit category. All artists selected for the live or digital exhibit must register for at least a one day conference registration.

1) Live Exhibit: Artists selected for the live exhibit must bring their art work themselves to the exhibit & pick it up at the end of the conference. Any Shipping arrangements (delivery AND packing for return shipping) must be arranged entirely by the artist. Any shipping (and insurance) expenses are born by the artist. While we would prefer not to have size restrictions, the exhibition space will be limited to one room dedicated to the exhibition throughout the conference. Two-dimension artworks should be able to fit onto a poster board (1.2m wide x 2.4m high). Sculptures should be no larger than a person and artists should arrange for a plinth to display their artwork in this category if required.

2) Digital Exhibit: If your art work is too large or precious to exhibit, please submit to the Digital Exhibit category. Please note: Depending on the exhibit logistics and/or number of submissions some requested LIVE art works may be directed to the DIGITAL category.

Acceptances and guidelines

Because of limited space, approximately twenty physical exhibits will be selected. Only one work per artist should be submitted.

The exhibition organizer and members of the local organizing committee will select the live and digital exhibit pieces based on how the artwork resonates with the theme of the conference and the aim of the exhibition.

For any questions about the Ways of Seeing exhibition or process for submission, please contact:

Key Dates

  • Call for Submissions for the Ways of Seeing in Healthcare exhibition
    • 1 November 2019 – call for submissions open
    • Submission close extended until Friday 31 January 2020.
    • February 2020 – author notification
  • Registration
    • October 2020 - Early bird registration open
    • April 2020 - Author registration deadline
    • June 2020 - Standard registration close