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Plants Breathe Out, We Breathe In

  • Free
  • Workshop
  • Youth event
Two young people sit leaning forward attentively listening, with writing paper on their laps and pens in hand.
Youth Programme event. Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. © All rights reserved.

What you’ll do

How does the air we breathe connect us to the world around us? Join writer and organic food grower Claire Ratinon and artist Sam Ayre for a drawing and creative writing workshop. We’ll explore green space use in cities, nature and language and our relationship to the air we breathe.

You’ll then work together using chalk, charcoal and other media to create a new artwork or a piece of writing responding to these themes.

This workshop is for young people aged 14 to 19 years.

Any time that you want to find a space away from the activities, you can come to the Chill-Out Room next to the workshop studio to lie down or relax. There will be low lighting, comfortable seating, cushions and mats throughout the room. Make use of ear defenders, earplugs, board games and materials with different textures.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Forum. To get there, take the lift or stairs up to level 1 and then follow the signs through the ‘Being Human’ gallery.

Guaranteed place

For this event, booking a ticket guarantees you a place on the day. We advise arriving 15 minutes before the event starts to take your place.

For more information, please visit our Accessibility page. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 0 2 0. 7 6 1 1. 2 2 2 2

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About your facilitators

Sam Ayre

Sam Ayre


Sam Ayre is an artist based in East Sussex, specialising in projects that focus on opinions, society, learning, ecologies and ideas of legitimacy surrounding art, culture and history. Much of his work is project-based, engaging groups of people in exploring their opinions, ideas and emotions, embracing tangents, conviviality and mistake-making. He has delivered commissions for the Freelands Foundation, Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Modern and Turner Contemporary, among others. He regularly collaborates with author and organic food grower Claire Ratinon, with whom he wrote the pamphlet ‘Horticultural Appropriation: Why Horticulture Needs Decolonising‘.

Claire Rainton

Claire Ratinon


Claire Ratinon is an organic food grower and writer who has grown edible plants in a variety of roles, including growing organic vegetables for the Ottolenghi restaurant, ROVI. Claire has shared her growing journey in talks for organisations including the Garden Museum, Barbican Centre and Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh, as well as contributing to Radio 4’s ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’. She’s also the author of two books: ‘How To Grow Your Dinner Without Leaving The House’ and ‘Unearthed: On Race and Roots, and How the Soil Taught Me I Belong’.