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17:30 - 18:30 9 October 2017

Damien Hirst - the art patron and pharmacy


Maplethorpe Lecture Theatre | UCL School of Pharmacy
29-39 Brunswick Square | London | WC1N 1AX | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Szu Shen Wong, Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Keele University

Amongst artists today, Damien Hirst stands out for his success in capitalising on his persona. But beneath his controversial public profile, Hirst has in plain sight explored other more subtle roles - such as a pharmacist - that have garnered little critical attention. In this talk, we will explore how in order to appreciate the significance of Hirst's identification with the figure of the pharmacist in his two self portraits 'Contemplating a Self Portrait as a Pharmacist’ (1998) and ‘Concentrating on a Self-Portrait as a Pharmacist’ (2000), it is necessary to identify with the implicit allusion to the artist's namesake, Saint Damian.

Co-hosted by the British Society for the History of Pharmacy and the UCL School of Pharmacy.


Nicola Bell
+44 (0)207 753 5833 | nicola.bell@ucl.ac.uk


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