Arts and Culture – Second Wednesday Event: SPIRIT

Wednesday 13 November 18.30 – 20.00

Lecture Theatre 1, Education and Research Centre, (opposite Bristol Royal Infirmary), Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol, BS2 8AE

Spiritual care is important to all people, not only those who express a religious belief. Patients have a constant need to make sense of their circumstances, to find meaning in the events of their day, their relationships and their life during periods of illness and hospitalisation. Spiritual care recognises the humanity, the uniqueness and the person-hood of everyone. 

Art in all its many forms has much to say and much which can support people in both identifying with and giving expression to what might be termed “spirit”. Like faith, art invites us in to an experience which may be shared with others, or intensely unique and personal. Throughout history people have used art to try and describe their beliefs, to capture the unknown, to give voice to the spirit. Who of us hasn’t been moved by a picture, a poem, a story, a sunset or a place?  

In his work as a hospital chaplain, Mark Read meets people who are exploring issues related to their spirit, who are trying to make sense of their experience and who are grappling with their hopes and fears. Mark will talk about some of his work with patients as an introduction to helping us discuss and explore the healing connections between space, art, spirit and healing.

Dr Anna Farthing, Arts Programme Director for the Trust will introduce and lead the evening which will include open discussion.
There will be talks from:


  • Georgina Bolton, Creative Producer, Public Arts Officer for Bristol City Council and Associate Lecturer on UWE Curating Course. Georgina will help us think about the impact and use of space. 
  • Natalia Mesa, Medical Doctor, and specialist in Medical Humanities who worked for 20 years in Colombia and Spain. Natalia will use paintings and art to help us explore the influence of spirituality on healing.
Event held by University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
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Event categories Arts/culture/music, Dialogue/discussion
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Free to attend
People of all faiths and none are welcome

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