Faces of Surgery

The Royal College of Surgeons of England | 2023

This photo mosaic artwork is composed of a staggering 3,552 photographs. It is an iconic image of a simple scalpel. Yet, at close range, it reveals the many ‘Faces of Surgery’ representing our College and the people who have led and continue to drive our vision of excellent surgical care for everyone into the future. The Royal College of Surgeons of England commissioned The People’s Picture to create an artwork that stands the test of time and reflects what makes our organisation and Home of Surgery in Lincoln’s Inn Fields what it is today – our members, volunteers, staff and community worldwide.

The mosaic is displayed at the Portugal Street entrance of the College building in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London.

As a charitable organisation with an extensive history, our goal is for the mosaic to tell the story of the people who make the College what it is and contribute to our vision – seeing excellent surgical care for everyone. We would love to have as many of our fellows, members and community involved in this special project, which is why we are inviting photo submissions of yourselves and your teams to be a part of this historic piece.

The Final Picture

A picture tells a thousand words and we will choose a final image composed of all your pictures that will celebrate the concept of the faces of surgery.

The People’s Picture brings communities together to create and celebrate their unique legacy. Each artwork is assembled from thousands of photos yet every single one tells a story. Pictures are powerful. People connect with pictures. People share their memories, and dreams and celebrate through pictures.

“We’re delighted to be working with The People’s Picture to show our wonderful people who have contributed to our past and drive forward our mission for the future. We hope all our members, staff and volunteers, will be able to make their mark on our ‘Home of Surgery’ in Lincoln’s Inn Fields by taking part.”

Jackie Weller

Executive Director (Transform) / Deputy Chief Executive


years of history





Celebrate the Royal College of Surgeons of England's People

‘Faces of Surgery’ is a project by The People’s Picture, commissioned by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.