Free

Festival of Minds and Bodies

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A group of festival performers wearing colourful clothes, colourful make-up and striking poses. They are standing in front of cream curtains. Two mirrors are suspended in mid-air and another mirror is on the ground. The mirrors show reflections of the festival performers.
Festival of Minds & Bodies, Benjamin Gilbert. Source: Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC.

Come and celebrate minds and bodies in all their different forms at a festival inspired by our new ‘Being Human‘ exhibition. This will be a weekend of events including performances, conversations, workshops and films. Join artists, activists and researchers to challenge assumptions about what’s ‘normal’ and what we value.

All events will have step-free access and most events will be relaxed, which means that if you need to, you are welcome to move around and make noise at any time. Resting points will be available throughout the building and there will be a Chill-Out Room for those wanting a break from the festivities.

Advisors

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Touretteshero

www.touretteshero.com

Jess Thom and Matthew Pountney are co-founders of Touretteshero, an organisation that shares the creativity and humour of Tourettes in an accessible way, with the widest possible audience. Jess and Matthew are curatorial and access advisors on the Festival of Minds and Bodies.

Dates

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Events

    Saturday 30 November 2019

    • Chill out

    Chill-Out Room

    The Studio

    Any time that you want to find a space away from the programme of activities, you can come to the Chill-Out Room to relax or lie down.
    Just turn up

    • Discussion

    Heart n Soul Radio

    Being Human gallery

    Heart n Soul will be broadcasting live from the festival – and you can join them! Listen along, request your favourite songs or be a guest on the show.
    Just turn up

    • Performance
    • Relaxed performance

    Anti-Social Prescribing

    Reading Room

    Visit Dolly Sen to receive an “anti-social prescription” such as a walking group to nowhere or an anger mismanagement course, or one of several other useless activities. Dolly created these prescriptions as a response to the increasing trend of prescribing activities that emphasise an individual’s responsibility instead of dealing with the underlying issues causing them difficulties.
    Just turn up

    • Workshop
    • British Sign Language

    Poems Made from Words Found in the Bin

    Reading Room

    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.
    Just turn up

    • Performance
    • British Sign Language
    • Relaxed performance

    Screensaver Series

    The Forum

    Watch this dance performance created by Janine Harrington, which evokes the patterns and continuous activity of a screensaver.

    with Eventbrite

    • Performance
    • Relaxed performance

    Tangled

    Reading Room

    Meet in the Reading Room to join artists from BLINK Dance on a colourful sensory journey. The direction that the performance takes will be shaped by everyone in the audience.
    Just turn up

    • Discussion
    • British Sign Language
    • Speech-to-text
    • Relaxed performance

    The Trouble with Charity

    Henry Wellcome Auditorium

    Listen to a panel discussing different perspectives on representations of disabled people, then share your own questions or thoughts.

    with Eventbrite

    • Performance
    • British Sign Language
    • Speech-to-text

    Alaska

    The Studio

    Join Cheryl Martin for an intimate performance about how she survived depression, asylums – even being black at Cambridge in the 1980s – and found a way to thrive.

    with Eventbrite

    • Performance
    • British Sign Language
    • Relaxed performance

    Girl Meets Boy: Unravelled

    Reading Room

    Take a seat or grab a cushion in the Reading Room and enjoy ‘Girl Meets Boy: Unravelled’, a series of colourful and inclusive performances about the weird and wonderful world of millennial mating.
    Just turn up

    • Workshop
    • Relaxed performance

    Sharing Voices

    Viewing Room

    Take part in a workshop where you will explore how to stretch and play with sounds in a way that is fun, challenging, moving and sometimes ridiculous.

    with Eventbrite

    • Screening
    • Speech-to-text
    • Audio described
    • Relaxed performance

    Me, My Mouth And I

    Henry Wellcome Auditorium

    Watch ‘Me, My Mouth and I’, artist Jess Thom’s funny and moving film, which will get you thinking about disability, representation and social exclusion.

    with Eventbrite

    • Performance
    • Relaxed performance

    Help the Normals

    Throughout the building

    Look out for Dolly Sen roaming the building with her collecting tin for fictional charity Help the Normals.
    Just turn up

    • Performance
    • British Sign Language
    • Audio described
    • Speech-to-text
    • Relaxed performance

    An Evening with Tito Bone

    Henry Wellcome Auditorium

    Join us for an evening hosted by Tito Bone and featuring a variety of guests, including drag artists, poets and spoken-word performers.

    with Eventbrite

    • Performance
    • Speech-to-text

    Out

    The Forum

    Watch Out, a duet that defiantly challenges homophobia and transphobia. The performance reclaims dancehall and celebrates vogue culture.

    with Eventbrite

    Sunday 1 December 2019

    • Chill out

    Chill-Out Room

    The Studio

    Any time that you want to find a space away from the programme of activities, you can come to the Chill-Out Room to relax or lie down.
    Just turn up

    • Discussion

    Heart n Soul Radio

    Being Human gallery

    Heart n Soul will be broadcasting live from the festival – and you can join them! Listen along, request your favourite songs or be a guest on the show.
    Just turn up

    • Performance
    • Relaxed performance

    Anti-Social Prescribing

    Reading Room

    Visit Dolly Sen to receive an “anti-social prescription” such as a walking group to nowhere or an anger mismanagement course, or one of several other useless activities. Dolly created these prescriptions as a response to the increasing trend of prescribing activities that emphasise an individual’s responsibility instead of dealing with the underlying issues causing them difficulties.
    Just turn up

    • Workshop
    • British Sign Language

    Poems Made from Words Found in the Bin

    Reading Room

    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.
    Just turn up

    • Discussion
    • British Sign Language
    • Speech-to-text
    • Relaxed performance

    The Politics of Deafness

    Henry Wellcome Auditorium

    Come and explore different perspectives on D/deaf identity politics.

    with Eventbrite

    • Performance
    • Relaxed performance

    Tangled

    Reading Room

    Meet in the Reading Room to join artists from BLINK Dance on a colourful sensory journey. The direction that the performance takes will be shaped by everyone in the audience.
    Just turn up

    • Performance
    • British Sign Language
    • Speech-to-text

    Alaska

    The Studio

    Join Cheryl Martin for an intimate performance about how she survived depression, asylums – even being black at Cambridge in the 1980s – and found a way to thrive.

    with Eventbrite

    • Performance
    • British Sign Language
    • Relaxed performance

    Girl Meets Boy: Unravelled

    Reading Room

    Take a seat or grab a cushion in the Reading Room and enjoy ‘Girl Meets Boy: Unravelled’, a series of colourful and inclusive performances about the weird and wonderful world of millennial mating.
    Just turn up

    • Workshop
    • Relaxed performance

    Sharing Voices

    Viewing Room

    Take part in a workshop where you will explore how to stretch and play with sounds in a way that is fun, challenging, moving and sometimes ridiculous.

    with Eventbrite

    • Screening
    • Speech-to-text
    • Relaxed performance

    Who Cares?

    Henry Wellcome Auditorium

    Attend a screening of a nine-minute film featuring support workers, learning disabled and autistic people discussing their relationships in a selection of moving portraits.

    with Eventbrite

    • Performance
    • Relaxed performance

    Help the Normals

    Throughout the building

    Look out for Dolly Sen roaming the building with her collecting tin for fictional charity Help the Normals.
    Just turn up

    • Discussion
    • British Sign Language
    • Speech-to-text
    • Relaxed performance

    Body Image

    Henry Wellcome Auditorium

    Come and hear historical and contemporary perspectives on how we see ourselves and others.

    with Eventbrite

Need to know

Location

This is a large-scale event with several different activities. Check specific sub-events for their locations.

Multi-part programme

This is a large-scale event with several different activities, which may include drop-in sessions, scheduled performances, workshops or talks. Check specific activities for details and to see if you need to book a ticket or to just show up. Spaces for drop-in activities are first come, first served and may run out if we are busy. If you have any special requests or requirements, email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 020 7611 2222.

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