UCL School of Pharmacy


Damien Hirst – the art patron and pharmacy

13 September 2017


The British Society for the History of Pharmacy are hosting a lecture on Monday 9th October at the UCL School of Pharmacy. It’s free to attend and non-members are welcome.

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.

Further information:

Damien Hirst – the art patron and pharmacy
Lecture by Szu Shen Wong, Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Keele University
Monday 9th October 2017 at 5.30pm
Refreshments will be served from 5.00pm

Please see the flyer for more details. PDF flyer for the Hirst Lecture.

The BSHP’S website can be found here: https://www.bshp.org/bshpwebsite/index.htm