Launch of UCL Saving Faces Student Society and Art Exhibition

We’re excited to announce that the launch of the UCL Saving Faces Society held on Thursday 30th May 2019 was a huge success.

UCL students and members of the public interested in both Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) and art participated in this event.

The event displayed a collection of murals featuring patients with facial injuries painted by Mark Gilbert. Mark Gilbert took up the challenge of painting his patients before and after (and occasionally during) surgery. He observed the surgeries first hand, learning how the patients’ faces changed during surgery. The relationships that formed between Mark and the subjects greatly informed the paintings. Mark hoped to succeed in conveying the intensity and power of the face damaged by trauma, or unveiled during the surgical process. He sought to capture the changing emotions and character of the patients as they experienced one of their most traumatic events in life.

The guest of honour, Professor Iain Hutchison delivered a talk on the cutting-edge research that is being undertaken at The National Facial Oral and Oculoplastic Research Centre (NFORC). Students were informed that joining the Saving Faces UCL Society is an excellent gateway to get involved in OMFS research. We are thankful to the efforts of Terrence Soh Chi Fang and Liam Wong, both of whom dedicated their time and efforts in setting up the Saving Faces UCL Student Society and the UCL Saving Faces Art Exhibition.

Click here for more information on how you can get involved in the society.