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Dab Hands Studio Seminar

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17 Jul 2023 10:00 am -4:30 pm

The Top Floor, Manchester Museum, Oxford Road

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Dab Hands Studio Seminar

Join us for a relaxed day of workshops and presentations unpicking the relationship that we build with our hands. 
A one-day interactive event primarily for medical practitioners and students, art educators, artists and craftspeople with an interest in exploring the areas where medical and art practice intersect. 
Keynote Speaker: Donald Sammut, FRCS, Consultant Hand Surgeon and Artist 
Donald Sammut is a Plastic Surgeon entirely specialised in Hand Surgery. He is an educator, for many years teaching and mentoring many trainees and junior Consultants both in the UK and abroad, particularly in Italy and in Nepal. He is passionate about the Hand, its language, its choreography, the way it deals with the world and how its anatomy enables it to do so. 
Presentations by 
Professor James Thompson, Author, Care Aesthetics: For Artful Care and Careful Art 
Professor James Thompson leads a project in Drama at Manchester University called Care Aesthetics: Research Exploration (CARE). 
CARE asks what happens when we consider care a craft or artful practice. The project explores how sensory and embodied practices of care can improve care services and change the quality of socially engaged arts practices. 
Lucy Burscough, Artist and Arts for Health Practitioner, The Dab Hands Project 
Dab Hands celebrates the extraordinary relationship that we have with our hands and the value of the manual skills that can be acquired by repetition and practice, whilst acknowledging the grief and frustration that can disrupt that relationship when illness, trauma, or old age affects our dexterity. 
The Dab Hands Collection was created in residence at Manchester Museum by Lucy Burscough and her collaborative partners. It is funded by Arts Council England/The National Lottery and Manchester Museum. 

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