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The Renal Arts Group

The Renal Arts Group is a collaboration between patients, carers, clinicians, academics and artists to develop a programme of research with the ultimate aim of improving the physical and psychological quality of life of those living with kidney disease.

In 2016 the Renal Arts Group (RAG) was established at Queen's University Belfast following a suggestion by members of the Northern Ireland Kidney Patient Association with an interest in arts-based activities. The group is co-chaired by Dr Helen Noble, a nephrology nurse and Reader at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast and William Johnston, the Northern Ireland Advocate for Kidney Care UK. It was formed to highlight the effects of living with kidney disease through the medium of art and to promote kidney transplantation.

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Renal Arts Group Members


Dr Helen Noble - Renal Arts Group Co-Chair and Reader, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Stephen Greer - Renal Arts Group Co-Chair, Artist and Dialysis Patient

Dr Trisha Forbes - Renal Arts Group Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery

William Johnston - Renal Arts Group Patient Ambassador, Writer and Transplant Recipient

Anna Wilson - Research Assistant and PhD Student 

Dr Claire Carswell - Registered Mental Health Nurse and Research Fellow, Queen's University Belfast and University of York

Mr Ian Walsh - Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast

Alistair MacKenzie - Renal Social Worker, South-Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Professor Joanne Reid - Professor of Cancer and Palliative Care and Director of Research, Queen's University Belfast

Paul Sibley - Artist and Transplant Recipient

Dr Paul Murphy - Lecturer in Drama, School of Arts, English and Languages

Jenny Baxley-Lee - Senior Lecturer, Center for Arts In Medicine, University of Florida

Ciaran Campbell - Music Promoter and Kidney Patient

Libby Weatherup - Renal Counsellor, Northern Health and Social Care Trust

Professor Kevin Gormley - Director of Internationalisation, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Jean Michelo - Singer and Kidney Patient

Shaun Greene - Photographer and Transplant Recipient

Dr Mayleen Laico - Artist and Nephrologist, Chong Hua Hospital, Philippines

Michael Matthews - Renal Nurse and PhD Student

Daniel O'Rourke - Musician and Kidney Transplant Recipient

Lynne Cunningham - East Scotland Patient Advocacy and Support Officer, Kidney Care UK

Paloma Tendero - Visual Artist living with PKD

Amy Parkes - Artist and Kidney Patient

Fez Awan - Kidney Patient

Stephanie Burton - PhD Candidate and Acute Care Nurse

Anne McGrath - Renal Nurse and Kidney Patient

Suzan Yianni - Hospital Grants Manager, Kidney Care UK

Jackie Pilcher - Lead Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Kidney Care UK

Fina Wurm - Honorary Assistant Psychologist and Postgraduate student with the School of Psychology

Dr Clare McKeaveney - Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Jonathan Bartley - Patient Advocacy Officer, Kidney Care UK

Nathan Flatman - Transplant Recipient

Sandy Lines - Patient Advocacy Officer, Kidney Care UK

Sara Sibley - Family Member of Transplant Patient and Student, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Victoria Grieve - Family Member of Transplant Patient and Student, School of Nursing and Midwifery


Renal Arts Group Reports