Public Engagement Events Round-up – August 2015
August is a great month for getting out and about. If you’re visiting Edinburgh for their bumper festival month, be sure to check out our contributions to the International Festival, the Art Festival and the Festival Fringe. There are plenty of events elsewhere too – in London, Wales and even South Africa!
The Sick of the Fringe – Edinburgh Fringe Festival – 10th -28th August
Commissioned by the Wellcome Trust arts team and conceived by Brian Lobel, the Sick of the Fringe is a curated programme of events aiming to inspire collaboration between science and the arts. It features keynote talks from leading voices in arts, medicine and activism, open dialogues, advice sessions and opportunities for emerging artists, as well as a series of surgeries for Fringe performers and attendees, providing the opportunity to find out more about the Trust’s work in theatre and arts funding. You can hear more from Brian on the blog here.
We have also funded several other events at the Fringe through Small Arts Awards:
I Am Beast – 5th-31st August
What happens when the wildest parts of our imagination take control? Sparkle and Dark return with an exploration of the power of grief and childish imagination, using original live music and life-sized puppetry.
The Temptation of St Anthony – 13th-30th August
Inspired by the ancient legend of a man who spent 35 years in solitude in the Egyptian desert, this ensemble performance from Mechanical Animal explores mental health and religious experience.
Electric Dreams – 5th-30th August
Rose can’t remember the first 18 years of her life. Seeking to unravel this mystery she pieces together her history from fragmented memories, documents and dreams.
Am I Dead Yet – 18th-30th August
Performed by Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe, Am I Dead Yet? is filled with stories and songs about death and dying and about how we don’t talk about it enough. Made in collaboration with Emergency Care professionals.
Happiness Project – 26th-30th August
Looking for happiness in all the wrong places?’ A brand new show from the Roundhouse, devised by a company of young artists, scientists and academics in response to reports that raised concerns over young people’s well-being in the UK.
Going Viral – 8th-30th August
An urgent, fantastical story from the front line of an epidemic, Daniel Bye’s show is about how things spread – disease, panic, ideas.
Fiction – 5th-30th August
A surreal, immersive experience taking place in total darkness. Fiction explores the areas where sleep and wakefulness meet. The audience don headphones for an anxiously intimate, disorientating journey through the sprawling architecture of dreams as the hyper-realistic binaural 3D sound puts you in the centre of the show.
The Misfit Analysis – 23rd-31 August
Cian has autism. He likes to spin tin-openers. But he’s not an idiot. Journeying through Cian’s mischievous mind The Misfit Analysis takes us through a world of wheelchairs and blow up dolls in a captivating exploration of autism.
Einstein’s Garden – Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons – 20th-23rd August
Funded by a Society Award, Einstein’s Garden at Green Man festival features a number of events that promise to cultivate your curiosity and indulge your creative passions all set across three sustainably powered stages.
Edinburgh Arts Festival (Trinity Apse, Edinburgh) – 30th July-30th August
For the last 10 years, Mexican artist, musician, illustrator and inventor Ariel Guzik has searched for a way to communicate with whales and dolphins. His new work, commissioned with The Arts Catalyst, is a beautiful capsule, the Holoturian, designed to send a living plant and a string instrument into the depths of the sea. Funded by a Small Arts Award.
Soundings – Camley Street Natural Park – 18 August
Soundings is a series of collaborative performances devised by Hubbub resident poet SJ Fowler, responding to prompts chosen by the Wellcome Library from its collections. The first performance ‘Restless Cities’ features work by Emma Bennett and SJ Fowler.
Talking Dirty: Tongue First! – Leigh-on-Sea – until February 2016
A series of public events involving local foods, their source, preparation and consumption, leading to a recipe book produced in collaboration with the situated knowledge of South Essex people: from Thames fish to back garden elderflower cordial. Events include public tastings and citizen science workshops. Supported by a People Award.
Hip Hop Health – Jive Media, South Africa – 29th August
Hip Hop Health: Research, Rhyme, and Rhythm for Healthy Communities is a collaboration between members of Science Spaza science clubs, popular music artists and health researchers to address health challenges facing South African communities. Young people have been conducting mini-research projects around water diseases and water quality – learnings will be turned into rap songs and performed alongside top South African hip hop artist iFani on 29th August. Funded by an International Engagement Award.
The Encounter – Edinburgh International Festival (Edinburgh International Conference Centre) – 8th-23rd August
This production takes inspiration from Petru Popescu’s book about photographer Loren McIntyre’s time amongst the remote people of the Javari Valley, on the border between Brazil and Peru. Using binaural technology to build an intimate and shifting world of sound, this new production from Simon McBurney and Complicite is a set of encounters with nature, time, and our own consciousness.
Wellcome Collection Exhibitions and Events
Alice Anderson: Memory Movement Memory Objects – until 18th October
Over 100 works by acclaimed artist Alice Anderson are on display at Wellcome Collection. Anderson’s sculptures are entirely mummified in copper thread, creating glistening
landscapes of beautiful, uncanny and transformed objects. Each piece is an exploration and act of memory.
The Art of Movement – 8th August
Drop in to watch the premiere performance of the dance pieces choreographed by young people who have taken part in our six day creative dance course inspired by ‘Alice Anderson: Memory Movement Memory Objects’.
Library Insights: The Blue Corpse – 27th August
Join us for a look at cholera in the 19th century. Cholera epidemics had huge death tolls and caused panic and fear among the public. The disease’s effects on the body were swift and dramatic. Amanda Sciampacone will guide you through artists’ depictions of the illness in the Wellcome Library’s art collection.