Development & Alumni Relations Office 


15 January 2019

The latest photographic exhibition from Queen's medical graduate Tuck Goh will open in the Tower Gallery in Belfast City Hospital on Thursday 17 January and will run for five weeks until 21 February.

Originally from Malaysia but now living in Newtownards, County Down, Tuck Goh arrived in Northern Ireland in 1979 to study for his A-levels in Coleraine Academical Institution. He qualified from Medical School at Queen's in 1985.

“My fascination with this genre of photography is perhaps an extension of my practice as a physician. Obviously, both are primarily interested in people,” said Goh.

“Additionally, they both require being attentive to small details, little gestures and to some extent predicting human behaviour.”

For the last few years, Goh has developed an interest in travel and street photography. Street photography involves documenting people going about their daily urban lives. It also attempts to capture ordinary moments in a visually extraordinary way.

“To capture the ‘decisive moment’, it helps to know where the subject is coming from and where he or she is going to. In medicine, the patient’s medical past very often plays a significant role in the patient’s future treatment. 

“This particular set [of images] attempts to explore street photography with an emphasis on shadows, silhouettes, prominent angles and lines,” Goh added.

Tuck Goh left medicine for a number of years to work in commercial photography. When he took up his current position in the Emergency Department at the Ulster Hospital in 1997, he continued to take photographs, specialising primarily in weddings and portraiture.

Arts Care, which was founded in 1991, is a unique Arts and Health Charity operated in partnership with Health and Social Care Trusts throughout Northern Ireland. It engages 19 Artists-in-Residence, a team of Northern Ireland ClownDoctors and many project artists who facilitate and co-ordinate participatory workshops and performances.  

Believing in the benefits of creativity to well-being, Arts Care makes all forms of art accessible to patients, clients, residents and staff in health and social care settings.

With a keen interest in sports and musculo-skeletal medicine, Goh has practised acupuncture since 1998, obtaining a Diploma of Medical Acupuncture from the British Medical Acupuncture Society in 2004. He is currently the chairman of the Northern Ireland Group of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

A limited number of places are available at the Opening Night (17.01.19, starting at 5.30pm when light refreshments will be served). To find out more, email Arts Care:  contact Tuck Goh directly, visit his website or telephone +44 (0)7731 950 220.

All images taken with Fujifilm X-100 and X-70; mounted and framed prints by Leslie Armour ( are available – £250 (framed), £220 (mounted/unframed).

To submit graduate news items, or for general enquiries about this story, please contact Gerry Power, Communications Officer, Development and Alumni Relations Office, Queen's University Belfast or telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 5321.

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