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Graphic Medicine

In 2022 The Shame Space was formed by scholars studying shame on the Shame and Medicine Project at the University of Exeter, Duke University, and Duke-NUS Medical School.

The Shame Space is an international network of professionals who use creative storytelling and research to advance shame awareness, shame resilience, and shame-sensitive practice in healthcare, with the overarching goal of creating more connected, authentic, and safe healthcare systems for all.

Experiences of shame are powerful, deeply held, and infrequently shared; finding the words to describe them can be difficult. The Shame Space has commissioned (to date) six graphic artists to bring dimensionality, imagery, and depth to our research and shame stories. Each piece is accompanied by questions for individual reflection and/or group discussion.

The initial pieces Shame Spiral and Needlestick were on display in 2022 in the Queen’s Building on the University of Exeter Streatham campus.

For more information on how to use each piece as educational resources for individual and/or group discussion visit The Shame Space.

This work has been made possible through funding from the Exeter-Duke Collaboration Fund (2020-2021), Exeter-Duke Accelerator Fund (2022-2023) and an Enhanced Research Award from the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health (2021), University of Exeter.