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21/04/21 -

Calling patients to get arty in EASL’s Love Your Liver Patient Art Competition

Calling Patients To Get Arty In EASL’s Love Your Liver Patient Art Competition

“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.”
Hippocrates, c. 460–370 BCE

The creative urge comes upon us all. We may feel compelled to capture beauty, to express our emotions, to render something of our inner selves material and tangible, and potentially to share it with others. To create art. How do you experience this, as a patient?

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When you are living with a challenging condition, engaging in art can provide relief – to counter the time spent in hospital, the grappling with science, the long waiting lists, balancing your hopes and expectations. We’re calling now on the patient community to set aside some time, roll up your sleeves, and get creative about what Love Your Liver means to you.

Make art a health priority in your life now

In collaboration with the EASL-affiliated patient organisations, EASL is delighted to be launching the ILC 2021 Love Your Liver Patient Art Competition. We are striving to improve the future of patient care and to underline that the arts in health practices can deliver genuine benefits to patients.

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With this creative initiative, EASL supports the World Health Organization’s Sustainable Development Goal No. 3: to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. We are aiming not only to promote patient well-being, but also to raise awareness among healthcare professionals about the importance of creativity for patients on their path to optimising their liver health.

Key information

Deadline: This contest is running from Thursday, 22 April to Monday, 14 June 2021, midnight CET. To submit your work, please complete the template here.

Your artwork will be displayed in June at International Liver Congress™ 2021. Three participants will win an ILC free registration (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place).

You can find more details, including the terms and conditions of the competition here.

Roll up your creative sleeves!

Let your artwork show the liver community how you Love Your Liver.

Let your art tell your story: about overcoming stigma; promoting your own well-being; illustrating your journey of living with your liver condition; or about how you find access to the care you need. Your art could capture something simple, like a daily activity such as exercising, cooking, taking your medicine, being together with your friends or family. We are eager to see images that represent all liver conditions and all aspects of daily life. Feel free to submit several entries!

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We hope that some of the entries will underline a topic close to our hearts, that we need urgently to tackle: stigma endured by people living with liver conditions. Use this opportunity to speak openly about your disease and to engage with the public, in the interests of a better quality of life for all patients.

Types of contributions welcome

Everyone is different. This is your opportunity to share your unique view of what having a liver condition is like for you. Share your images, your video, digital art, collage, painting, drawing, or photography.

How do art and medicine interface?

At first glance, the world of medicine and the world of art and culture could not be more different. Medicine is, almost by definition, rather conservative — bound by regulation and guidelines. In contrast, art and culture are characterised by creativity, imagination, and liberal thinking, with little formal supervision. Yet the origins of medicine and the arts are tightly intertwined, and this has synchronicity been scientifically proven.[1],[2]

[1] “Art for better health and wellbeing”, British Medical Journal, 2018; 363 doi: BMJ 2018;363:k5353
https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k5353 (Published 21 December 2018)

[2] “Cultural activities linked to lower mortality”, British Medical Journal, 2019; 367; doi:10.1136/bmj.l6774
https://www.bmj.com/content/367/bmj.l6774/rr  (Published 18 December 2019)

How can art benefit patients?

Even if the benefits relating to creativity, and self-expression are less easily measured than conventional outcomes, like blood pressure or body mass index, arts in health practices work is vital. The arts carry genuine benefits. Health commissioners and others helping to create systems that support healthcare, need to pay keen attention and explore how to bring medicine and the arts closer together, where they belong.

If you have any questions about the contest, please contact yoanna.nedelcheva@easloffice.eu

Interested? Submit your artwork now!
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