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Get your teeth into Wellcome Collection’s 2018 programme

20 October 2017

Wellcome Collection, the free museum and library which makes connections between life, medicine and art, today announces its 2018 exhibition programme.

At the heart of the programme is the first major exhibition devoted to the history of teeth, from the grimly-fascinating activities of early dental practitioners to today’s quest for a perfect smile. The programme also includes a focus on how four contemporary artists have collaborated with scientists to explore what it means to be human in the 21st century. In September 2018, Wellcome Collection will examine how we live with and around buildings, and how they affect our physical and mental wellbeing.

Wellcome Collection exhibition programme 2018:

Somewhere In Between: Four Collaborative Projects

8 March – 27 August 2018 (Press view: 7 March 2018)

In today’s often fragmented society it has never been more important to collaborate to find solutions and challenge perspectives. Somewhere in Between brings together works by four contemporary artists, who have worked together with scientists to explore what lies beneath, beyond and between, and question what it means to be human in the 21st Century.

Martina Amati, Daria Martin, Maria McKinney and John Walter will be examining subjects ranging from synaesthesia to cattle breeding, free diving to HIV. They have each integrated research from the fields of physiology, neuroscience, immunology and genetics.

Each project shares a desire to give shape to things that are elusive and intangible, and to incorporate the human experience at the heart of these complex ideas. Drawn from the rich archives of Wellcome-funded arts projects, these works are being presented at Wellcome Collection for the first time.


17 May – 16 September 2018 (Press view: 15 May 2018)

All human life is reflected in a toothy grin. Wellcome Collection’s major 2018 exhibition will trace the evolution of our relationship with our teeth and with the profession that has shaped the way we live with them - or without them.

Following modern history's tireless pursuit of the pain-free mouth and the perfect smile, this is the first exhibition to look at how dentistry evolved from fairground entertainment to highly-skilled profession with many associated educational campaigns and spin-off industries.

Including beautifully illustrated treatises dating back to the early 18th century, TEETH will draw on the wealth of images, objects and artworks held in the collections assembled by Henry Wellcome, supplemented by loans from key collections in Northern Europe. It will explore oral hygiene and dentistry as markers of medical progress, and vividly illustrate the enduring connections between 'good' teeth, beauty, vanity, wealth and success.

Living with Buildings: Health and Architecture

4 October 2018 – 3 March 2019 (Press view: 3 October 2018)

Wellcome Collection will examine ways in which architecture and the built environment interact our health and wellbeing in this new exhibition. From the bold experiments of urban post-war town planners to healing spaces for cancer sufferers and fantastic Utopias envisaged by artists, the exhibition will chart how shifts in design and approach have impacted on the health and experience of those who use buildings to live, to heal and to be human.

Living with Buildings will explore how our built environment contributes to our physical and mental health in both positive and negative ways. We spend more time than ever indoors and the approaches of architects, planners and designers can have a powerful influence over our feelings of individual wellbeing and self-esteem; on our community and society; as well as physical health.

At a time when we increasingly spend our time within the structures of our cities, and more and more people live in metropolitan areas, this exhibition will take a fresh look at the buildings that surround us and shape us.

The exhibition will accompanied by a new architectural commission to be announced in early 2018.

Please note that this is advance programme information. Dates and titles for exhibitions may be subject to minor changes. Please check with the Wellcome Collection media office prior to publication.

For press information and images please contact:

Emily Philippou, Media Manager, Wellcome Collection

T+44 (0)20 7611 8726 | E e.philippou@wellcome.ac.uk | W wellcomecollection.org/press

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