Masterclass: Illustrating Mental Health

An afternoon workshop with medical illustrator Merlin Strangeway.

When, Where

Explore how illustration can represent – and revolutionize – the landscape of mental health at this hands-on workshop with medical illustrator Merlin Strangeway.

You’ll harness the power of illustration to depict the inner workings of the mind; to shock, subvert, support, proclaim, connect and embolden. Working through a series of guided exercises, you’ll map and articulate inner emotional states and narrative using a variety of media and techniques.

Expect a supportive environment of like-minded people with whom to share your work and practice – no previous drawing experience necessary.

If you’d like to bring a sketchbook and any preferred pens or pencils, you’re welcome to do so but it’s not essential.

Please note: this masterclass is for those aged 18+ only.

About the tutor:

Merlin Strangeway is an award-winning medical illustrator, scribe and educator and the Director of Drawn to Medicine. Her artwork strives to build bridges in the field of healthcare between clinicians, patients and their families.

Having trained as a professional medical artist through the Medical Artists’ Education Trust and Royal College of Surgeons, Merlin’s practice maps both the physical and the psychological elements of the self. She has worked with a wide range of international clients visualising mental health through the medium of illustration and is currently Medical Illustrator in Residence at Bart’s Pathology Museum in London.

Feedback from Merlin's previous courses:

"Merlin was a fantastic tutor and managed to fit in a load of content without it feeling rushed. Thanks!"

"The tutor was fantastic – very focused, helpful, engaging and enthusiastic."

"Merlin you were a fantastic tutor; clear, inspiring and supportive. I found the course a great fit for what I was hoping to achieve and am quietly confident I’ll be making time for the pleasures of illustration in weekly living from hereon-in. Thank you."

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This event was postponed from 23 May 2020.


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Adult with Gift Aid£55.00 £55.00
Adult£50.00 £50.00
Concession/Friend with Gift Aid£49.50 £49.50
Concession/Friend£45.00 £45.00

Tickets are non-refundable. Aged 18+ only.

Your ticket entitles you to House of Illustration entry on the day of the masterclass.

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Gift Aid

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