Art and Mindfulness workshop

As part of ANZCA’s commitment to doctors’ health and wellbeing, we are pleased to announce we are piloting complimentary art and mindfulness workshops on Thursday 10 December 2020 from 5-6.30pm AEDT. Register via

Since 2017, the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History has been working with galleries in different cities to create and deliver an art and mindfulness workshop during the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). While the 2020 ASM was not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have committed to offering the workshop this year.

The workshop has been based on those run by the Boston Museum of Fine Art (MFA) in collaboration with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston (a teaching hospital of Harvard University). MFA has been offering art and mindfulness workshops to residents at the hospital for nearly a decade. These workshops have been shown to help reduce burnout, develop ambiguity tolerance and address empathy erosion.

The museum is currently working with artist and arts educator Robert Lee Davis to develop an online version of the workshop for fellows and trainees.
The workshop will run through a series of exercises embedded in the practice of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). VTS has been used in arts education for a number of years. It moves away from the formal interpretation of an artwork expected in art theory, and draws instead on the range of responses from people presented with the same information.
In addition, the workshop will include a number of art making exercises. A four year study, funded by Arts Council England, revealed that deep involvement with the arts, particularly art making, improved social cooperation. Art making is also a valuable part of any art therapy program, and directly assists in enhancing both physical and psychological wellbeing.
Finally, the workshop will also include an art meditation to deeply focus on a particular artwork, guided by prompts. While the exercise itself offers a mindful moment, continuing to practice meditation will help it to be called upon almost on demand.
The 90 minute workshop is aimed at medical professionals. Robert will take participants through a series of exercises to help them stop, and be in the moment .

Registration is complimentary, please email the membership team to register via

  • Date

    10 December

  • Time

    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

  • Location

    Webinar, Webinar

Last updated 17:00 27.11.2020