Mar 19

Artist to explore clinical trial participation

Closing Deadline 27th March

We are looking for tenders to participate in a project (to begin in 2020) focussing on addressing the under-representation of black and minority ethnic communities participating in cancer clinical trials. We are currently preparing a funding application, so would be interested in hearing from artists who may be interested in documenting the themes explored in a series of events and focus groups at a community centre in Cardiff, with a final exhibition of the artwork produced forming one of the outputs of the study.

The under-representation of BME communities in clinical trial participation is a widely acknowledged problem in the trial community. As Trial Managers, we produce Participant Information Sheets to introduce our clinical trials to potential participants, and their reading of these informs their decision whether or not to take part in our trials. The aim of this research is to explore what could be changed in our Participant Information Sheets to make them more accessible to currently under-represented groups.

The project would involve one launch event, introducing the concept of clinical trials, why we do them, and what respondents’ initial views are of participating in a clinical trial. Those who would like to get involved will then be invited to participate in 1-2 focus groups to explore these views further, and investigate the use of novel methods of imparting information to patients, such as infographics and digital information sheets.

We would like to employ an artist to create an exhibition to inform the community on the ideas explored throughout this process. We believe that this would be an innovative and interesting method of bridging the gulf between science professionals and the general public.

If this is an opportunity that interests you, and you’d like an informal chat, then please email Sarah on, or telephone 029 2068 7201 to discuss. The deadline for this funding application is imminent, so any responses appreciated by Wednesday, 27 March.