Dental students ‘get their A.C.T. together’

Dundee Dental School has launched an initiative, Art in Clinical Training, where healthcare trainees can express themselves

14 December, 2021 / infocus
 Cara Marcuccilli and Clement Seeballuck  

Art in Clinical Training (A.C.T.) is an initiative developed at Dundee Dental School during lockdown, giving dental students a community and outlet to express themselves.

After a particularly difficult time for dental students due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we thought this presented the perfect project for the talented students of Dundee. A.C.T. was also created to allow dental students from different years to collaborate and to build a supportive community. For this reason, the group was open to any dental student with an interest in art, regardless of ability.

A theme of ‘Decay’ was, collectively, chosen for the first project. Each student interpreted the word and produced a piece in their own medium. The results were incredibly impressive and personal, ranging from renaissance inspired pieces to tarot cards. It was very interesting to see the different directions each student went with their art. 

Cara Marcuccilli led the project and created her own piece for the first exhibition. The objective was to highlight decay of traditional art techniques through a study of marble sculptures completed in oil paint. This piece was intended to create appreciation from the viewer of the skill required of older art techniques.

The collection featured eight pieces which were displayed at a pop-up gallery hosted by our local coffee shop, EH9 Espresso.


Pictured (L-R): Yi Xuan Lim, Cara Marcuccilli, Aisha Asif, Libby MacLean, Emma Copley.
Also featured were Rou Voon Teo…
…and Siya Sharma 

The opening night was a success, after which the pieces were displayed in the shop for a week. For those unable to appreciate the art in person, the pieces were uploaded to Instagram for everyone to enjoy. Going forward the goal is to host pop-up galleries at different institutions, as well as involving students of other clinical courses to further grow the group and future projects.


Any trainee/student from any university is welcome to get involved and join the group. If you would like to follow the progress or create your own pop-up galleries as part of A.C.T., you can contact and follow us on @a.c.t.dundee.

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