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Dr Deborah Padfield
  • Teaching FEllow
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Deborah Padfield is a visual artist specialising in lens based media and inter-disciplinary practice and research within Fine Art and Medicine.  In 2001 she collaborated with Dr Charles Pither and staff and patients from INPUT Pain Management Unit, St Thomas’ Hospital, resulting in a touring exhibition, pilot research study and a book Perceptions of Pain.  She currently holds an artists residency at University College London Hospitals (UCLH), collaborating with Professor Joanna Zakrzewska and facial pain clinicians and patients at UCLH on the face2face project, exploring the potential of images to facilitate doctor-patient communication. She is Research Associate at the Slade School of Fine Art, CHIRP funded ECR for Pain: speaking the threshold, a three-year interdisciplinary project building on her doctoral work exploring the value of visual images to the diagnosis and management of chronic pain. Pain: speaking the threshold brings together a distinguished multidisciplinary team to analyse material generated during face2face. Deborah has co-ordinated many interdisciplinary projects receiving extensive media coverage, and is winner of several awards including the UCL Provosts Award for Public Engagement 2012, and British Pain Society Artist of the Year 2012. She lectures nationally and internationally, recently at the 100th Indian Science Association Congress in Calcutta and at the Natural History Museum, London for the AHRC Science in Culture Theme Ignite.  She exhibits in a variety of spaces from hospitals and galleries to Museums such as the National Portrait Gallery, the Welcome Trust and the Science Museum.

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Research Summary

Academic Background
2013 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Fine Art University College London
2001 BA Bachelor of Arts – Fine Art Middlesex University
1984 MA Master of Arts – Fine Art University of Edinburgh
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