The Ronald Raven Barbers' Award

To provide financial assistance for special training or educational projects proposed by undergraduate or post-graduate medical or surgical students or by members of the Medical Artists' Association of GB. In making grants particular weight shall be given to the excellence of the applicant, the innovative qualities of the work to be done and the relevance of such work to the ultimate benefit of patient care.

Ronald Raven's Executors will make available to the Barbers' General Charities (Registered Number 265579) the sum of £50,000. The Company will invest this sum and devote the income (approximately £5,000 annually) to the financing of "The Ronald Raven Barbers' Award".

The Worshipful Company of Barbers shall have unrestricted powers of investment with the intention of achieving as generous an income as is compatible with at least maintaining the real value of this bequest.

The amount of the award (which may be given to more than one person in any one year) will depend on the amount of accrued income available from time to time from the capital. The capital itself shall at no time be used to finance the annual awards. Normally the award to an individual will be for one academic year, but in special circumstances it may be given for a maximum of two years, subject to satisfactory reports at the end of the first year.

Nominations for the award shall be sought from the Director of "The Raven Department of Education" of The Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Medical Artists' Association. The selection of the candidate(s) to receive an award shall be carried out by a committee consisting of the Master, the Chairman of the Charity Committee and a Barber-Emeritus and one other (who shall be medically qualified) both selected by the Master. An award shall not be made if the selection committee is of the opinion that there is no candidate of sufficient quality. If no one is selected, then that amount will be carried forward.

Winner 2008 - Joanna Culley Ba (Hons) RMIP, MMAA, IMI, AMI

Medical-Illustration-Joanna-Culley-1 1In 2008 during my medical art training with the Medical Artists' Education Trust Association, I was awarded the Ronald Raven Barbers’ Award. This was achieved through having an ambition and by submitting it as a 1000 word written proposal with a breakdown on what I needed the funds for. This was to travel to the USA to have hands on training in medico-legal illustration. The purpose of my applying was to extend my education and skills into this specialised field. The aim to ultimately benefit patient care through my being able to provide skilled representation of patients within the legal arena, with regards to personal injury, negligence and malpractice claims.

Medical-Illustration-Joanna-Culley-2The purpose of medical illustration within the legal system is to provide visual solutions where highly specific patient information is involved. This information can be shown through animation, 2D illustrations and 3D computer representations. This allows the court and juror to understand and remember complicated medical matter and to also see information that may not otherwise be able to be seen or understood. For example damage that has been caused to a lung through breathing in leaked poisonous gas from a badly fitting boiler.

Motivated by my award I started working on material before my America trip, and in 2008 also applied to Business Link for free business advise. I was given a contact called CIBAS, which is a Government run enterprise for those in the arts industry. Ideal as I wanted advise about writing a business plan for the next 3 years to start my career as a medical artist and incorporate my new venture into medico-legal art. At that time I was also given an hours’ free legal advise with a Lawyer in Southampton, Coffin Mew Solicitors and I started the introductions of providing medico-legal art. As a result, I also met with further personal injury lawyers. I had also built up a further list of contacts with the plan to ‘cold call’ them.

Annie-Gough-Joanna-CulleyWhilst in the USA, my training started with my working one to one with Annie Gough CMI from At that time already a successful medico-legal illustrator of 11 years. The plan of training was spread over two weeks and started immediately by working on a case. This was of a woman who was standing on a dockside. A mooring rope had come loose off a large ship, whiplashing her legs at the calf area, leaving only smashed bone on the dockside. Her claims were for the medical costs, damages, disfigurement, loss of work as she had to have 8 major operations with skin grafts, a year in hospital and a year in a wheelchair with physiotherapy treatment.

All the medical information was Fedexed over and I was taught first hand how to deal with a case right from the start. This included surveying X Rays, MRI scans, CT scans, operative and nurses reports and building a plan on what to show within the medical illustrations to support the patient. Now in 2014 the experience turned out to be a huge success. There is now a company and a website dedicated to the provision of medical art and illustrations and further examples can be found on Please see most recent work 2014 that has been used within the legal environment as normal anatomy printed exhibits.  

Winner 2007 - Philip Ferguson Jones, MMAA, RMIP

raven exampleIn 2007 I applied for the Ronald Raven award, firstly submitting my CV and secondly writing a brief description of what I wanted and hoped to achieve with the money awarded. Finally I attended an interview at The The Worshipful Company of Barbers.

I had always wanted to go to Florence in Italy and explore The Specola. A collection of anatomical waxes that were used to teach anatomy without having to directly observe a cadaver. As it was the money awarded to me was enough for me to travel for 2 weeks, this led me from Florence to Siena across to Rimini, which was enough for one night.

I then travelled up to Bologna where I met up with Medical Illustrator Claus Larsen who introduced me to Giliola Gamberini who was teacher of Anatomical and Surgical Drawing at The Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute. Here I spent 3 days sight seeing and having the privilege of viewing medical artifacts that where not on public display and seeing th e beautiful Anatomical Theatre at the Archiginnasio. As I trained firstly as a Childrens illustrator I had to visit the Bologna children’s book fair. From here I travelled with someone I had met at the the fair to Venice were I spent 2 days in the city of bridges.

I finished my trip back I Florence where I visited the places that I had missed and had been told by Claus that I couldn’t go home without seeing.

Going to Italy was an amazing adventure, I learnt a lot and made many new friends. The Ronald Raven award helped me achieve an ambition of mine which I’m very grateful for.

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