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Artist and former dentist Mandy Payne has been shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize – one of five artists to be shortlisted out of over 2,500 submissions. Mandy was a practising dentist for 25 years, working as a specialist in paediatric dentistry in the Community and Hospital Dental Services, but recently gave up dentistry to work as an artist full time. Mandy’s shortlisted painting, Brutal, is spray-painted directly onto concrete with a wooden frame. It is an almost symmetrical scene from Sheffield’s Park Hill, a Grade II listed 1960s council estate currently undergoing regeneration. Mandy’s rendition of one of Britain’s largest examples of Brutalist architecture deals with the human memories and history indelibly woven into it. The five shortlisted artists are now in the running for the £25,000 first prize, and the winner will be announced on 19 September 2014.

MEET YOUR MP AND VOICE YOUR CONCERNS In addition to sending postcards to Jeremy Hunt to protest the proposed ARF hike, the British Dental Association (BDA) is encouraging members to meet up with their local MPs to express their concerns at the proposals from the General Dental Council (GDC). Most MPs have advice surgeries where constituents can meet them and discuss any problems their MP may be able to help with. While letters and emails can be overlooked, meeting an MP in person not only ensures your case is heard, it also puts a human face and story to the issue facing a constituent. To organise meeting your MP you usually only need to contact their office and arrange an appointment at the next available advice surgery. When you see them it’s important to explain your concerns at the suggested ARF rise, any issues you may have with the GDC and, importantly, what action they can take to help you. Getting your MP to write to the Secretary of State for Health or ask questions in parliament to express their worries at the potential 64% increase is a good way to keep this topic on the political agenda. If you have already seen your MP, the BDA would be keen to know how it went. Email james.hallwood@bda. org with feedback or for advice.




hese are the final two images taken from dental students Rebecca Little and Lorna Hopps’ fourth year elective project. Thank you to Rebecca and Lorna for sending them for publication in the BDJ.

The Country tooth drawer Figure 1. The image which is paired with the ‘Town tooth drawer’ was created during the industrial revolution when people were becoming nostalgic towards the countryside. Here we see a rather chaotic scene where an old woman is undergoing a tooth extraction. She pinches the tooth drawer’s nose and the image is cluttered with people and tools. The positioning and features of both images mirror one another. This picture features a window which reveals an idyllic view. There is a man who is holding her head and a young boy looks on, concerned.1-3 The Town tooth drawer Figure 2. A similar event but a rather different scene - a rich older woman is having her tooth extracted by a visiting dentist within her household. Servants contrast with those present in the ‘Country tooth drawer’ as they are stood back from the procedure and the younger boy is happy, instead of concerned. The event looks far more dignified as a crowd is not gathered

Fig. 1 The Country tooth drawer. William Davidson (1781-1858). Early 19th century. Woodcut engraving. Reproduced with permission from The Wellcome Collection, London

for entertainment and treatment is performed in a private setting. Further contrast is emphasised with the picturesque countryside through the window view showing a dull city scene.1-3 1. Discussions with Dr Maureen Park and Professor David McGowan. 2. Curtis E. Hand to mouth: essays on the art of dentistry. p 34. Quintessence, 2002. 3. Pindborg J J, Marvitz L. The dentist is art. p 94. Quadrangle Books, 1960.

Fig. 2 The Town tooth drawer. William Davidson (1781-1858). Early 19th century. Woodcut engraving. Reproduced with permission from The Wellcome Collection, London


BRITISH DENTAL JOURNAL VOLUME 217 NO. 4 AUG 22 2014 © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved

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