Sculpture busts of Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth O’Farrell, John Rainey, 2022, RCSI Art Collection.

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences has announced a new Arts Strategy aimed at further enhancing the role of art in enriching the learning environment at the university.

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, established as the national training body for surgery in Ireland in 1784, is a world-leading international health sciences university and research institution.

The 2023-2025 Arts Strategy has been developed by the RCSI Art Committee which oversees the care, development, interpretation of, and engagement with the RCSI Art Collection.

It sets out a number of priorities including facilitating access to and increasing audiences for the art collection; developing and evolving RCSI’s own understanding of art; and revealing and interpreting the legacy of RCSI’s existing art collection.

The strategy will support the university in unlocking curiosity and creative thinking among RCSI students by exploring the intersection of art and science in curricula and in reflecting the diversity of the student population in its art collection and programming.

The Art Committee has led on several significant initiatives aimed at bolstering the place of art within RCSI, including the awarding of five RCSI Art Awards since 2016 and the Women on Walls commission in 2019.


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