Walking Gallery begins 7th year of sharing powerful patient stories through wearable art

The project tells patient stories via paintings by artist Regina Holliday.
By Bernie Monegain
12:36 PM
Walking Gallery in healthcare Regina Holliday

This is the seventh year of the Walking Gallery of Healthcare.

We now number 432 members walking around the world with patient story paintings on our backs. We are attending medical conferences where often there isn’t a patient speaker on the dais or in the audience. We are providing a patient voice, and by doing so, we are changing the conversation.

An artist interviews medical professionals and individuals to form a patient centric narrative. The artist then creates representational imagery and paints that picture story onto a business jacket of the provider of the narrative.

The provider of the patient story aka “the walker” wears the jacket to medical conferences and events in order to disseminate the patient story to a large group of policy-minded attendees and to represent the individual patient voice in venues where they are underrepresented. Both the artist and the walker support the spreading story and image via social media.

As of July 2017, 432 walkers have joined the gallery wearing 476 jackets. The Gallery has representatives on six continents, but the majority of walkers reside in the U.S. One artist creates the majority of the art, but new artists are frequently joining the movement. The Gallery is promoted heavily on Twitter, Facebook and personal blogs. Its widening appeal within the health conference community is creating a new space for patients at such events.

Here is a short film about the movement:

The Walking Gallery of Healthcare from Eidolon Films on Vimeo.

To view the jackets in year one 1-162


To view the jackets of year two 163-251


To view jackets of year three 252-328


To view jackets of year four 329-393


To view jackets of year five 394-430


To view jackets of year six 431-472


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