Who Wants To Be Happy?

  • Event series
Photograph of a tablet standing on a wooden surface with a vinyl record shelf behind containing the spines of many colourful records. On the tabletop are coloured highlighter pens, a pen pot containing pens and an open magazine showing colourful graphics. A photographic portrait of Jamie Hale is on the tablet screen with video call icons "People", "Chat" and a red telephone icon.
Who wants to be happy?, Photo: Kathleen Arundell. Portrait: Becky Bailey. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

In this series of free workshops, artist Jamie Hale invites you to consider the nature of happiness. From inside our heads to the outside world, these creative workshops will explore what happiness is – and isn’t – through art, activism and science. 

You’ll hear from subject experts and have the chance to challenge their ideas and discover and express your own. Then you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate in an activity, picking up on the themes and ideas you've shared. 

These online workshops will be held in a relaxed environment where you may have your camera on or off, move around or take a break at any time. All the workshops are for 14- to 19-year-olds and you can attend as many as you wish, subject to availability.

About the contributors

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Jamie Hale


Jamie is an artist, curator, and founder and artistic director of disability arts organisation CRIPtic Arts. They create poetry, comedy, scriptwriting and drama for page, stage and screen, and are currently directing a showcase at the Barbican Centre for autumn 2021 and a disability arts documentary. They have written for Wellcome Collection and the Guardian newspaper and have performed at venues including the Southbank Centre. Their poetry pamphlet, ‘Shield’, was published in January 2021.

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Young People's Forum


Young people from Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Young People’s Forum were advisors and co-creators on this project, helping design the content and activity.