Free

Beyond the Perfect Image

Past
  • Festival
Jo Spence, from the series, Phototherapy - Infantilization. 1984-86. Collaboration with Rosy Martin. Wellcome Collection. Source: Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London. © The Estate of the Artist.

What you’ll do

Join us to celebrate ageing and reflect on illness through a programme of performances, screenings and discussions about what defines a healthy body.

On Saturday, take part in a programme of events including stand-up comedy, singing from St Christopher’s Hospice Community Choir, screening of artists’ films and a discussion of the themes in the exhibition. Join artists, theorists and academics who will discuss embodying contemporary Black creativity. Join us to celebrate the late Jo Spence’s birthday with cake and a fresh look at what it means to get older.

On Sunday, join a writing workshop or drop in to a film screening that delves into how illness shapes our identities.

Dates

Past

Events

    Saturday 15 June 2019

    • Screening

    Still Here

    Henry Wellcome Auditorium

    View six artists’ films looking at themes of care, self-care, interdependence, disability and reflecting on ‘crip’ theory. This screening is a partnership with the the Lithuanian contemporary arts and education centre, Rupert, and includes artists Avni Dauti and Rebecca Vaughan, Sophie Hoyle, Leah Clements, Milda Januševičiūtė and Abri de Swardt. The films are captioned and you can drop in at any time, as the films will loop on the hour.
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    • Discussion
    • Speech-to-text

    Misbehaving Bodies Discussion

    The Studio

    Join George Vasey, curator of ‘Misbehaving Bodies’, in conversation with exhibiting artist Oreet Ashery, academic Patrizia Di Bello and artist Martin O’Brien. Together they will introduce and expand on the themes in the exhibition. The discussion will conclude with tea and cake to celebrate Jo Spence’s birthday.
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    • Performance

    St Christopher’s Hospice Community Choir Performance

    The Atrium

    Enjoy the Community Choir performing songs related to the exhibition themes. The singers are patients, friends, family, the bereaved, staff and volunteers, and the music reflects the diverse nature of the participants.
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    • Performance

    Stand-up Comedy with Tiff Stevenson and friends

    Reading Room

    Join Tiff Stevenson and her invited guest, Alice Fraser, for stand-up acts that take a pointed but funny look at topics including ageing, the body, gender and class.
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    • Discussion
    • Speech-to-text

    Exploring and Embodying Contemporary Black Creativity

    The Studio

    Join a discussion featuring lecturer in digital media studies Francesca Sobande in conversation with activist layla-roxanne hill and photographer Najma Abukar. The discussion will cover the changing representations of different minds and bodies in the art world, the use of empathy, and the power of gazing at oneself. We’ll explore issues including race, gender and the body, with a focus on Black identity.
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    • Performance

    St Christopher’s Hospice Community Choir Performance and Stories

    Reading Room

    Enjoy the Community Choir performing songs related to the exhibition themes. In the intimate setting of the Reading Room the group will share stories about each song choice. The songs have a strong social message, with themes of love, support, community and hope.
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    Sunday 16 June 2019

    • Screening

    Still Here

    Henry Wellcome Auditorium

    View six artists’ films looking at themes of care, self-care, interdependence, disability and reflecting on ‘crip’ theory. This screening is a partnership with the the Lithuanian contemporary arts and education centre, Rupert, and includes artists Avni Dauti and Rebecca Vaughan, Sophie Hoyle, Leah Clements, Milda Januševičiūtė and Abri de Swardt. The films are captioned and you can drop in at any time, as the films will loop on the hour.
    Just turn up

    • Workshop

    Writing Workshop

    Gallery 2

    Drop in to a writing workshop on ageing and illness. Nichola Charalambou, Director of Creative Writes, will guide you through the process and provide time for feedback and discussion.
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