Merlin Strangeway

MA (Dual Hons), MAA, AEIMS, IMI


Merlin is an award-winning Medical Illustrator, Educator and Director of ‘Drawn to Medicine’. She strives to visualise information in a way that makes it universally accessible, educational and engaging for both clinicians, patients and the general public.

Merlin’s practice maps and draws the Anatomy of the Self – the stuff that makes us us. Not just the blood, the bones and the guts of classical anatomical textbooks, but rather the ineffable elements of being that sit within our bodies.

She recently completed her postgraduate training as a Medical Artist through the Medical Artists’ Education Trust and was awarded a Pass with Distinction. Training on this prestigious course is via skilled medical artists, surgeons and physicians. Merlin was awarded the Barbers’ Company Award granted by The Worshipful Company of Barbers for two consecutive years (2016 -2017 and 2017-2018) and the Ronald Raven Award (2017-2018) in recognition of her practice in the field of public engagement within Medical Art.

Over the last decade she has worked with some of the largest clients in the healthcare sector in the field of patient & public engagement, including Harley Street Childrens' Hospital, The Wellcome Trust, The Francis Crick Institute, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Royal Free Hospital, St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing, UCL, Hunterian Museum of Surgery, The Royal College of Midwives, the Division of Cancer Studies at Kings College and the Global Health Research Group on Neurotrauma. She teaches Illustration at The House of Illustration (founded by Quentin Blake) in addition to creating work for a wide range of clients.

Her work is featured as an example of best practice in 'Illustration: Meeting the Brief' by Bloomsbury Publishing (2014), in addition to appearing in ‘The Best of Contemporary British Illustration Annual’ (2012).

Merlin believes pictures have the power to make thinking, working and communicating easier for everyone. She is passionate about using her skills to support and empower others, via collaborations with clients across the world.