Back to All Events

ArtBeat: Art and Anatomy

  • Regent's Univeristy Inner Circle London, NW1 4NS United Kingdom (map)

Art-Beat Edinburgh (formerly Art and Anatomy Edinburgh) are the 2017 STEAM UK Education Award winners. The group run workshops with students and public engagement events. The programme is based at the University of Edinburgh College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and is run by Kimmie Dunlop (Artist and original co-founder of Art & Anatomy Edinburgh), Victoria McCulloch (Anatomy Teaching Fellow and Medical Illustrator), and Nichola Robertson (surgical registrar).

19:00 - Talk and demonstration by Art-beat: Art & Anatomy Edinburgh followed by conversation with ceramicist Fernanda Cortes.

20:00 - Discussion on the application of Art-Beat's programme to help children, adolescents, and adults prepare for surgery, or understand physical health, illness or disabilities.


ArtBeat: Art and Anatomy Edinburgh, an association of Anatomy@Edinburgh, was originally founded in 2014 by Nichola Robertson and Kimberley Dunlop at the University of Edinburgh as a course for students and staff.

ArtBeat links local surgeons and local artists who co-deliver sessions to make anatomy clinically relevant and ensure students discover and hone their artistic skills. Robertson states, “There are many transferrable skills between practicing art and clinical practice – skills such as observation, dexterity and critical thinking”.

The team's successful public engagement events are enhanced by working with renowned artists such as George Donald, Joan Smith and Danny Quirk. They continue to welcome new members, including Medical Illustrator & University of Edinburgh Anatomy Teaching Fellow Victoria McCulloch, as they expand their exciting events to engage students and the public in learning anatomy through art.

Brief Bio's:

  • Nichola Robertson MBChB BMedSci(Hons) MSc(Dist) MRCSEd - Nichola is a General Surgical Trainee in South East Scotland. Nichola studied Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and undertook postgraduate training in NHS Lothian. Prior to embarking on surgical training she spent a year working as an Anatomy and Surgical teaching fellow at the University of Edinburgh in 2014/2015. It was during this time that she founded the Art & Anatomy Edinburgh project with Kimberley Dunlop and Megan Anderson. The trio found they had a common appreciation for the beautiful, enduring relationship between art and anatomy. Nichola has a passion for teaching and has received teaching awards for her efforts including 'Surgical Teacher of the Year' and 'Young Clinical Educator of the Year'.


  • Kimberley Dunlop BA (Hons) MDes - ArtistKimberley has always been artistically inclined and endeavoured to make it her focus in life. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree in Sculpture at The Edinburgh College of Art, Kimberley then attended Edinburgh Napier University graduating with an MDes in Interdisciplinary Design. Moving forward, Kimberley worked as a freelance fine artist before deciding to expand her skills within the tattoo industry. In 2014, she was offered an exciting opportunity to launch Art & Anatomy Edinburgh, where Kimberley uses her various creative talents to aid the teaching of Anatomy. She has continued to work with the organisation, as it evolved into Art-Beat, leading classes in clay heart sculpture & anatomical body painting for students and the public alike.


  • Victoria McCulloch BSc (Hons) MSc MIMI – Anatomy Teaching Fellow - After completing an undergraduate degree in Anatomical and Physiological Sciences, Victoria went on to study an MSc in Medical Art, where she combined her interest in anatomy with art. After graduating, Victoria worked as a freelance Medical Illustrator, creating anatomically correct and informative illustrations of the human body for educational use. To further her skills, Victoria completed an MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy at Glasgow School of Art. In 2016, Victoria joined Anatomy@Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh, as a Teaching Fellow in Anatomy; where Victoria uses her creative skills to aid in her teaching. It was at this point Victoria joined forces with Art and Anatomy Edinburgh soon and has played a pivotal role in organising and delivering ‘Art-Beat’ events for both students and the public.
Earlier Event: 30 October
Japanese Butoh and Mexican Day of the Dead
Later Event: 3 November
Bone and Stone