Artist in residence

Hugh Turvey 2011Hugh Turvey ASIS Hon FRPS contemporary x-ray artist based in London UK.

His international work exists at the intersection between science and art.






Hugh is the Artist in Residence at The British Institute of Radiology since 2009 and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by The Royal Photographic Society in 2014 for promoting the ‘art of science’. In 2016 Hugh was awarded a Royal Society for Arts Fellowship following successful artistic patient experience healthcare projects and in 2019 he delivered the annual Royal College of Radiologists Crookshank Lecture (Endowed by the late Right Honourable Viscount Crookshank CH). In 2022 he became Chair of the Royal Photographic Society Science Committee.

Hugh has sat on advisory boards and think tanks. He is a creative consultant looking at how immersive arts experiences can improve patient experience in healthcare environments. He has promoted aesthetic sciences with small groups, on TV and radio + large audiences including science festival events. He is exhibited globally and collaborates with global brands.


Hugh has presented his work and ideas at BIR events and has delivered a webinar for BIR about his work. Watch the recording here (members only)


Hugh crafts “Xograms”, a technique which uses hands-on x-ray imagery made with large sheets of x-ray sensitive B/W film. To develop "Xograms" he uses a range of techniques including overexposure, multiple exposure, chemical processing, filtering, rigs, mechanics, physics, happy accidents, photography, trial and error and hand colouring. Other modalities and imaging used creatively include MRI, CT, MICRO-CT, mamography, fluoroscopy and SEM.


Hugh has designed interior wall spaces for hospital X-ray and radiotherapy departments areas all designed to reduce stress and improve patient experience including University College Hospital, London, Benenden Hospital, Robert White Centre Dorset County Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA

Images: Hugh's work in University College Hospital London radiotherapy department and Benenden Hospital, Kent, UK.


 Collaborations examples:

  Video: 'X is for X-ray' App - published by TouchPress launched at RSNA
“The beauty of the app is its attention to detail. Almost every object has some unique effect, like the way the car engine’s pistons turn when you rotate it in x-ray mode.”

 Video: Experimental animations of 2D x-rays in a 3D environments.
插花 IKEBANA: space is an essential component and often the focal point of an arrangement. It is viewed as ‘invisible energy’ that gives life to the form. Space is carefully shaped by the placement of materials.

 Video: The Day I Saw Your Heart (2011) - IMDb
Production of x-ray imagery used thought the feature film produced by Vertigo Films titled: Et Soudain, Tout Le Monde Me Manque (shot in Paris during August 2010). The last x-ray exhibition scene was shot at GALERIE ANNE DE VILLEPOIX, 43, rue de Montmorency 75003 Paris. Line

Producer: Farid Chaouche.
Réalisatrice: Jennifer Devoldere
Acteurs: Eli: Michel Blanc Justine: Mélanie Laurent Géraldine Nakache Guillaume Gouix


Further biography, collaborations and info here:

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