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 Tourette’s in an accessible way with the widest possible audience.

Dates

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Events

    Saturday 30 November 2019

    • 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

    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

    • Performance
    • British Sign Language
    • Relaxed

    Screensaver Series

    The Forum

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

    • Discussion
    • Relaxed

    Powerful Portraits

    The Studio

    Hear from artist Deborah Kelly and artist, activist and drag star Danny Smith about the process of making a life-sized collage portrait of Danny with members of the public.
    Just turn up

    • Gallery tour

    Medicine Man tours

    Medicine Man gallery

    Join a tour of our Medicine Man gallery led by S I Martin as he explores the origins of some of the objects on display and what they reveal about mainstream attitudes to African bodies and knowledge.
    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
    • Relaxed

    Tangled

    Gallery 1

    Meet in Gallery 1 (Play Well) 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

    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.

    • 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.

    • Performance
    • British Sign Language
    • Relaxed

    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

    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.

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

    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.

    • Performance
    • Relaxed

    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

    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.

    • 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.

    Sunday 1 December 2019

    • 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

    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

    • Gallery tour

    Medicine Man tours

    Medicine Man gallery

    Join a tour of our Medicine Man gallery led by S I Martin as he explores the origins of some of the objects on display and what they reveal about mainstream attitudes to African bodies and knowledge.
    Just turn up

    • Workshop

    Sick Zine-Making

    The Forum

    Take part in these zine-making workshops about our bodies and minds, and what it’s like to live in yours.
    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

    The Politics of Deafness

    Henry Wellcome Auditorium

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

    • Performance
    • Relaxed

    Tangled

    Gallery 1

    Meet in Gallery 1 (Play Well) 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.

    • Performance
    • British Sign Language
    • Relaxed

    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

    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.

    • Screening
    • Speech-to-text
    • Relaxed

    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.

    • Performance
    • Relaxed

    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

    Body Image

    Henry Wellcome Auditorium

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

    • Workshop
    • Relaxed

    Wiki 101

    The Studio

    Bring along your laptop and help us to improve the way that histories of diverse minds and bodies are represented online in this workshop with Kelly Foster. You can use images from Wellcome Collection and edit Wikipedia, the world’s biggest encyclopaedia. We will provide training for beginners but experienced editors are welcome too.
    Just turn up

    Saturday 15 February 2020

    • 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

    Sunday 16 February 2020

    • 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