Festival of Minds and Bodies

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  • Free
  • Festival
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. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

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

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.
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  • 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.
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  • Performance
  • Relaxed
Screensaver Series

The Forum

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

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Workshop
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.
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  • British Sign Language

  • 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.
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  • Discussion
  • 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.
  • British Sign Language
  • Speech-to-text

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

  • Performance
  • 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
  • British Sign Language

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Speech-to-text
  • Audio described

  • 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
  • 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.
  • British Sign Language
  • Audio described
  • Speech-to-text

  • Performance
Out

The Forum

Watch Out, a duet that defiantly challenges homophobia and transphobia. The performance reclaims dancehall and celebrates vogue culture.
  • Speech-to-text

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
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
  • British Sign Language

  • Discussion
  • Relaxed
The Politics of Deafness

Henry Wellcome Auditorium

Come and explore different perspectives on D/deaf identity politics.
  • British Sign Language
  • Speech-to-text

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

  • Performance
  • 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
  • British Sign Language

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Speech-to-text

  • 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
  • Relaxed
Body Image

Henry Wellcome Auditorium

Come and hear historical and contemporary perspectives on how we see ourselves and others.
  • British Sign Language
  • Speech-to-text

  • 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.
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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

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 access requests or requirements, email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 020 7611 2222.

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