Being Human

Opens September 2019
  • Permanent exhibition
Grid of 20 colour photographs of 20 individuals in full length. Each person has been photographed naked and then embellished with collage, which covers and surrounds their bodies.
No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory), 2014 - 2018. © Deborah Kelly.

Our new permanent gallery opening in autumn 2019 will explore trust, identity and health in a changing world.

Being Human will explore what it means to be human in the 21st century. Divided into four sections, Genetics, Minds & Bodies, Infection, and Climate Breakdown, the new display will present around 50 artworks and objects that reflect our hopes and fears about new forms of medical knowledge, and our changing relationships with ourselves, each other and the world.

Artists whose works will be on display include Yinka Shonibare, Deborah Kelly, Katherine Araniello, Kia LaBeija, Superflex, Onaman Collective, Cassils, and Tasha Marks | AVM Curiosities. Alongside their work will sit objects such as a gene-editing kit, the Zimbabwe Friendship Bench and the Accessible Icon Project.

Visit us

Opening on 5 September 2019

Free admission

Galleries open Tuesday–Sunday, Opening times

Being Human gallery, level 1

Step-free access is available to all floors of the building

Large-print guides, transcripts and magnifiers are available in the gallery

All our accessibility services