Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain (MAA)

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Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain 

The Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain (MAA) has a long history and was formed in 1949. It started out as four departments in London, Manchester and Edinburgh and it took students or trainee/assistants during the 1940’s and 1950’s. By 1962 the MAA had started its own postgraduate programme to train graduate artists and by 1989 students were able to register at a medical school within London University to take a university diploma course. At the same time the Medical Artists’ Association received the patronage of the Worshipful Company of Barbers. This happened as the Worshipful company of Barbers provides financial support to charities, institutions and individuals associated with the Company’s ancient and long established traditions and origins.

By 1990 the Association became a limited company continuing to train artists looking for a career in medical illustration. With Bequests such as the Charlotte Holt Bequest lead to formation of the Medical Artists’ Education Trust and set up as a charitable organisation. This Trust is an established course where an artist can train and gain recognition as a professional medical artists providing a place where selected artists can be trained as medical artists and become trusted employees in a professional environment.