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Poems Made from Words Found in the Bin

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Image of three women looking at paper and writing
Event in the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection, David Bishop. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

Drop in for five to ten minutes to the tables in the Reading Room to write a poem around pieces of shredded documents found in the bins at Wellcome Collection. Give care and attention to things that have been discarded in this experience by artist Rhiannon Armstrong.

Your poems will be filmed and animated, then uploaded to the Giphy channel for The Slow GIF Movement: you will be able to find your GIF there, along with others written by people around the country.

If you would like a BSL interpreter, just let us know when you plan to drop in by emailing access@wellcomecollection.org or calling 020 7611 2222.



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We’ll be in the Reading Room on level 2. You can walk up the spiral staircase to the Reading Room door, or take the lift up and then head left from the Library Desk.

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About your artist

Rhiannon Armstrong

Rhiannon Armstrong is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist making works with empathy, interaction, and dialogue at their core, often for unfiltered audiences. She is the 2019 recipient of the Adrian Howells Award for Intimate Performance. When the pandemic hit, Rhiannon was beginning some research on intimacy without social interaction, and sound as a form of touch. She brings the audience focus of a theatre background to interdisciplinary work that has included intimate performance works (‘Public Selfcare System’), interactive digital works (‘The Slow GIF Movement’), collaborative theatre projects, radio (‘The Soothing Presence of Strangers’ for BBC ‘Culture in Quarantine’) and textiles.