News Archive 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to You All!

24 December 2012

We would like to wish all of our customers, partners and readers of our website a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the whole Team. 2012 has been a great year for us and we are looking forward to 2013 after a well earned Christmas break.

Please note that the studio will now be shut the entire time from midday 24th December 2012 to the 2nd January 2013. We will be picking up email intermitantly during this time and clients with live projects have our mobile phone numbers just in case!

In case you missed it or want to read it again here is our Winter email newsletter and we hope that you all like our latest Christmas card design. Have a great festive break.

Joanna & The Team

Our Top 5 Picks From The World of Science and Art in 2012

28 November 2012

Science and art would be considered by most people to be poles apart, with one having no bearing on the other. Well, working in this industry we all know that’s not true. Art and science does mix together. Read and see clips on the most current and innovative projects.

Science and art meet with innovative results

Our Award Winning Illustrations from the IMI

21 September 2012

We are very proud to announce that Joanna from received awards for her illustrations of anatomy last week, from the Institute of Medical Illustrators, IMI in the UK. She was at the conference with Tim Butler having collected her certificates at the awards night of 1 Gold and 2 Silvers. Permission to enter the awards kindly granted by Copyright holders Alex Kutikov and Todd Morgan owners of drawMD and Dr Sam Alberti from the Royal College of Surgeon's. Where both parties had originaly commissioned Joanna to create the medical artworks. Read the full report on the IMI 2012 Conference in Glasgow.

Joanna Collecting Award from the IMI, Glasgow 2012 Exhibition at the Institute of Medical Illustrators Conference in Glasgow 2012

Further Professional Memberships for

21 June 2012

Association of Medical Illustrators Logo

Joanna has always been a Member of the Medical Artists Association of Great Britain following her accreditation as a Medical Artist, however we have decided to expand of professional memberships. In response to our growing number of clients outside of the UK we now have membership of The Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI), based in Lexington, Kentucky. You can read more about the AMI on their website


We have also decided to join the Institute of Medical Illustrators as they bring together the disciplines of clinical photography, medical art, illustration, graphic design and video within healthcare. As our range of services has expanded in response to our client's needs the IMI's coverage of a wider range of related disciplines is a good fit for the kinds of digital medical visualisation services we are increasingly performing.

We will be attending the IMI Conference in Glasgow in September this year and are hoping to attend the AMI conference in Salt Lake City in 2013. Joins 1% for The Planet

12 May 2012

1 Percent for the Planet Organisation Logo

We are proud to say we have made a commitment to the planet and have signed up to 1% for the Planet. 1% for the Planet exists to build and support an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. We embrace the notion that the sustainability of the natural environment is fundamental to the sustainability of business.

Our commitment it to give 1% of our gross turnover to one or more environmental charities that each year we feel needs it the most.

David Shepard Wildlife Foundation logo


Our first cause will be the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to support work for the wild Tiger, a charity that Joanna has been passionate about for a number of years now. You can read about their work at

(There is no change to our charging, as these donations will be funded from the business profits and we would urge other companies to join the 1% for the Planet organisation).

RCS - Anatomy of an Athlete Video

19 April 2012

The Royal College of Surgeons of England promotional video for the Anatomy of an Athlete Exhibition
featuring Joanna Culley from as one of the four participating medical artists

The Royal College of Surgeons have now released a promotional video on YouTube for the Anatomy of an Athlete exhibition. As one of the four medical artist contributors Joanna features in this short video. Please support the exhibition which is at The Royal College of Surgeons', London until the 29th of September 2012.

Royal College of Surgeons of England - Anatomy of an Athlete

13 March 2012

Medical Art for Southmead NHS Hospital, preview
Exhibition piece demonstrating increased muscle fibre from exercise

The 13th of March saw the opening event for the Anatomy of an Athlete exhibition at The Royal College of Surgeons', London. Using artists from the MAA, find out about the latest techniques in orthopaedic surgery, innovative developments in prosthetics and the importance of training to muscle development. BBC exhibition reviews here.

Joanna Culleys exhibition used GB hockey player Richard Smith as her model, to demonstrate the benefits of exercise shown by comparing healthy anatomy to unhealthy. Find the exhibition details here at: Anatomy of an Athlete RCS, London. The heart, the knee joint and muscle fitness can all be attributed to cardiovascular & resistance training that results in increased size, amount of blood vessels and flexibility for example.
Full report on the exhibition event here.

Offical Unveiling of Southmead NHS Hospital Paintings

28 February 2012

Final paintings unvelied 28th February 2012

Today saw the unveiling of the two extremely large watercolour paintings for the new NHS Southmead Hospital in Bristol. This £430 million hospital redevelopment project for North Bristol NHS Trust working in conjunction with Carillion, is due to open fully in 2014.

Joanna was commissioned by Davis&Jones to participate in working with a wide range of people involved with the Southmead Project. This ranged from attending operations to attending construction site meetings. The interaction with all of the different people involved with this huge construction project was to be the inspiration behind the artworks created.

The results were two unique paintings, due to the way that they blend the construction of the human body with the construction of the hospital building. Aptly named Body Builders and A Joint Operation, one uses the building as the backdrop and adds in elements of human anatomy and medical practice; the other takes human anatomy and brings in elements of construction and day to day life of a hospital. See the full review and the two paintings here.

Southmead NHS Hospital Paintings Completed and Scanned

30 January 2012

Medical Art for Southmead NHS Hospital, preview
A very small section of one of the final paintings

We were very excited when last year we were chosen to participate in creating artwork for the new NHS Southmead Hospital in Bristol. This £430 million project for North Bristol NHS Trust working in conjunction with Carillion is due to open fully in 2014. However, as the building project is continuing around a working hospital the new facilities are opening in sequence over a period.

Joanna has been working closely with Davis&Jones who are the artistic liaison for the project. The project has involved meeting with people from across the project, from clinical staff to the building contractors. We were asked to produce two paintings that brought together the building of the new hospital and the activities within the hospital to commemorate this huge construction project that has taken place while the hospital is still fully functioning.

We are now at the stage where the two artworks have been painted and are awaiting framing ready for their unveiling on the 28th February 2012. In advance of the framing the paintings have been scanned by the team at Artists Gallery Printing due to their size. Rob from Artist Gallery Printing said about the scanning of the two paintings.

"We are used to scanning really large detailed works of art here but these two have broken our records for size, both physically and for the file sizes they have created."

Each file of is over 8Gb in size, or to put that in perspective equivalent to around 3000 songs on your MP3 player!

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