Saturday, October 27, 2007

Events at the Wellcome Collection

Materials Library presents: Flesh
Friday 9 November, 20.00-22.00
If butchering joints and life drawing catch your fancy this is the event for you. Demand has been high for tickets to our late-night spectacular investigating flesh in all its guises, so book now or miss out!

The Clod Ensemble's Fantastic Voyage (particularly recommended: directed by Suzy Wilson)
Thursdays 15 and 22 November, 20.00-21.00
Have you ever wondered what you look like on the inside? Join the acclaimed music theatre company Clod Ensemble as they take you on an adventure deep inside your body.

Blood Guts, Children and Power
Saturdays 17 and 24 November, 11.00-13.00
Sundays 18 and 25 November, 11.00-13.00
Join the events team as we head off-site for a revealing walk around Bloomsbury and Holborn's chequered medical past. Walks start at Holborn station and finish at Wellcome Collection.

Something Somatic
Thursday 29 November, 19.30-21.00
Saturday 1 December, 15.00-16.30
Sunday 2 December, 15.00-16.30
How often do you get the chance to see ground-breaking new theatre in London for free? This exciting play about the relationships all of us have with our bodies and their uninvited guests will be on for three nights only. We recommend early booking.

Sleeping & Dreaming
29 November 2007 -9 March 2008
Exploring the mysterious state we inhabit for a third of our lives. Keep warm this winter and come and investigate the mythology and popular culture surrounding sleeping and dreaming during these dark winter nights. 'Sleeping & Dreaming' is free and tours will be available. Opens on Thursday 29 November.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Jonathan Kaplan speaks at UCL

Witnessing and Working in War: An evening with Dr Jonathan Kaplan - October 23 @ 7.00pm - UCL

Jonathan Kaplan, war surgeon, film maker, photographer and best-selling author of "Contact Wounds" and "The Dressing Station", will be speaking on his experiences of being a surgeon in war zones across the world, from Burma to Iraq, Eritrea to Angola. This is a rare opportunity to hear a highly prestigious war surgeon speak honestly about his experiences. The lecture is free to all and after the talk Dr Kaplan will also be signing discounted copies of his books.

Lecture Theatre G03, Bedford Way Building, 26 Bedford Way

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Also see a related interview.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Medics on TV

Thanks a stack to Ghostwriter for putting up all these amazing looking events! When you've exhausted yourself participating in all of those, put your feet up and watch 'Trust me I'm a Doctor: Medics in the Movies', scheduled to be screened on Monday 15th October at 22.25 on BBC4. The lovely docs-on-screen expert, Brain Glasser, will be featured.

In fact, BBC4 is running a Docs-on-the-Box season. Click here for full listings for next week. One of the highlights is 'Doctors To Be: Twenty Years On...' at 21.00, following a group of doctors who were filmed at the start of their careers.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Wellcome's October Events

Rebound: two decades of notes on HIV in LondonThursday 11 October-Sunday 28 October Combining sketches, diary notes and wall drawings, Paul Ryan's exhibition sheds light on the changing perception of HIV in London over a period of 20 years.

Rebound TalkSaturday 27 October 15.00-16.30Join Paul Ryan and guests for a discussion about how lives, treatments and feelings have changed towards HIV over the last two decades.

Back by popular demand: Live SurgeryThursday 1 November 19.00-21.30If you missed this fully booked spectacular in July here is your chance to catch Independent described as: 'quite literally a heart-stopping moment... the gift of life and the miracle of science."

FREE GUIDED TOURS THROUGHOUT THE MONTH:Perspectives ToursJoin the curators and other experts for their personal insight into Medicine Man.Behind-the-scenes TourFriday 5 October, 13.30Medicine Man ToursEvery Saturday at 11.30Medicine Now ToursEvery Sunday at 14.30

COMING SOON... Materials Library presents:'FLESH', A SPECIAL FRIDAY LATE NIGHTFriday 9 November 18.30-22.00Touch, feel, smell, cut, drill and even taste flesh at this Friday night late for the curious. Full details available online soon.

London Arts is Health Forum

This autumn, LAHF has organised a series of events focusing on the impact the arts can have in strengthening the health of communities.
Events in October and November will focus on the role of the arts in cultivating healthy lifestyles and in tackling health inequalities. These events will also examine the issues facing architects and designers looking to use the arts to help develop effective community healthcare facilities. Alongside these events, they hope to organise a seminar to debate some of the issues involved in promoting arts events in community settings. Look here for further details.

Bromley by Bow Tour
On Thursday 8 November, LAHF is co-ordinating a tour of the ground-breaking Bromley by Bow Centre. Over the past twenty years, the Bromley by Bow Centre has stood as a beacon of good practice in using an integrated approach to the arts in community healthcare settings. The Centre offers a huge range of arts based activities as well as providing workshop space for artists and including a diverse selection of integrated art throughout the premises.
Buildings and the Arts
On Thursday 29 November, LAHF is presenting a forum entitled "Building the arts into community healthcare provision". Speakers will include clinical teams, design consultants and architects involved in developing some of the newest community health facilities in London and the event promises to be a lively and dynamic exploration of the challenges involved in integrating the arts into new buildings. Keep the date free and look out for more information in future newsletters or, to register your interest, email:
Well London Update
A meeting has been scheduled for Thursday 18 October 2-4pm at Arts Council England, London, to unveil further details about the arts and cultural strand of Well London.
As previously reported in LAHF's newsletter, Well London is a new, £9.46m pan-London programme that will invest in community led projects over three years to promote health and mental wellbeing. Well London partners will work with communities to design and implement creative projects that can meet their needs and aspirations, developing relationships between them and arts organisations and artists which will then deliver projects.

Writing Heals
A national conference focusing on creative writing and wellbeing will take place in Salisbury on 14 November. For more information, t: 01722 321744
London Arts in Health Forum,Floor 1, The Menier Chocolate Factory,51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RUTelephone/fax number: 0845 602 0825E-mail:

Experiment Marathon

This coming weekend (13-14 October 2007) sees the return of the Experiment Marathon at the Serpentine Gallery. Steven Pinker and other leading scientists join artists at the gallery's 24 hour Experiment Marathon featuring robots, three-way kissing booths and out-of-body experiences! Check it out here.

Last year’s, now legendary, 24- Hour Interview Marathon has been expanded in scope. The 24-Hour Serpentine Gallery Experiment Marathon, introduced by Julia Peyton-Jones and presented by Olafur Eliasson and Hans Ulrich Obrist, will take place in the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007 and will feature experiments performed by leading artists, architects and scientists.Featuring: Marina Abramovic; Simon Baron-Cohen; John Brockman; Peter Cook; Tim Etchells; Sophie Fiennes; Armand Leroi; Gustav Metzger; Steven Pinker; Pedro Reyes; Matthew Ritchie; Israel Rosenfield; Tomas Saraceno; Angela Sirigu; Andreas Slominski; Luc Steels; and Lewis Wolpert.The experiments will explore ideas of time, space and of reality through models, vibrations and perception, investigating Eliasson's assertion that 'What we have in common is that we are different.'

Tickets available on the door on a first-come-first-served basisSerpentine Gallery Lobby Desk: 020 7402 6075

For full listings please visit:

All events take place at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA.Nearest Tube: South Kensington or Lancaster Gate.10am – 6pm daily, Fridays 10am – 10pm. Admission free.Recorded information: 020 7298 1515

Paintings in Hospitals

There will be a fundraising evening and art auction in aid of Paintings in Hospitals on 13 November at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Check out the Paintings in Hospitals website here for more information on the work they do. It is an extremely worthwhile charity that loans works of art to hospitals and other healthcare sites across the UK. They have quite an impressive collection. More details of the auction itself can be found here. This event should be a really good evening, and they have some very impressive auction lots. MAybe I'll see you there!