Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at DLWP

DLWP Fundraiser Dan Scales reflects on the Pavilion’s ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ work, which we are undertaking with Natasha Player & Co:

“From its opening in 1935, the Pavilion embodied a progressive and inclusive agenda; a ‘people’s palace’ – designed by a refugee and an émigré, that would welcome people from all walks of life to nourish their ‘mind, body and soul’ with culture. Eighty-five years later, Black Lives Matter, migrant crises, climate breakdown and global pandemic have brought the structural inequalities and racism in our society to the forefront of all our minds. Not only as individuals, but here at the De La Warr Pavilion as an organisation. More than ever, it felt essential to take a step back, reflect, and reimagine what is means to be an inclusive cultural centre.

To begin exploring how DLWP can be more inclusive for our staff and our communities, we have been working alongside Natasha Player and her team – expert ‘changemakers’ who ‘draw out people’s mutual respect and understanding’.

Recent Work

Some of our staff met Natasha Player and Ebi Sosseh in August 2020 for an introductory session exploring key themes around ‘Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion’, and helping them understand Pavilion through the eyes of those who know it best – our team!

On Tuesday 29 March, we met again for the first of four collaborative workshops encompassing the whole DLWP Team. The day of activities was run by Natasha and Ebi, who spent the morning helping the team identify our ‘Unconscious Bias’. In the afternoon, we split into breakout groups to create “Listening Spaces” around specific themes.

My group focused on how to support colleagues who might be experiencing Social, Emotional, and Mental Health (SEMH) challenges, or be neurodivergent. We explored some inspiring stories of how we’d created equitable working environments for such colleagues, at DLWP and elsewhere, through both formal and informal strategies. This enabled us to reflect on practices that the Pavilion could introduce to ensure such colleagues can feel even more welcome in future. Other groups shared insights into staff retention & training, cross-department communication, and teambuilding. It was a brilliant to hear contributions from so many different people across the organisation – from the Café Bar team to our stewards, Gallery Assistants, Box Office and Programming teams.

Simply seeing so many ‘people of the Pavilion’ together was a testament to the vibrancy and inclusivity that already exists within the organisation. And the lively discussions we had throughout the day demonstrated a genuine shared commitment to make DLWP as welcoming as possible for staff and audiences of all ages and backgrounds, needs and creeds.

Our Ambitions

This session was just the start. The first of four throughout the year that will involve us all with the aim of giving us the knowledge, confidence, and tools to address Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion within our workplace.

We all want these sessions to lead to long-term culture change at the Pavilion. Working with Natasha in such a discursive manner feels like a great way to achieve just that. Over the coming year, we will be producing an ‘Action Plan’, informed by our staff, that embeds Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in everything we do – in a way which is meaningful to us, the DLWP team.

After each session, we hope to bring you a further blog from a different member of the Pavilion team, enabling you – our community – to come on the journey with us.”

By Dan Scales, Fundraiser

Read our full Equality, Diversity and Inclusion statement here.

What our team said

“As a newcomer, this was a well timed experience.  I have loved being welcomed into the team from across all aspects of the building, but to see what I was really part of, the large scale staffing, the ambition, the realities made me feel incredibly proud to be a member of the team.  The people in the building give it its personality, and keeps the essence of the space alive, knowing that we are being invested in, asked questions, and listened to was really important”

“Natasha and Ebi made us all feel very comfortable, the training was relevant to us, and encouraged discussion.  It was really refreshing that collectively, it wasn’t seen as an opportunity to be negative, but realistic and optimistic about change.  The main thing I took from it was that people were keen to function and operate more smoothly and to spend more time with each other; choirs, bands, yoga, parties – it shows the people power of the Pavilion”

Mystical Sister; A Poem by Rachel Marsh

A word from Rachel:

People know about the ancient legends of sirens and harpies as being dangerous to men and luring them to their deaths, but a less known part of this legend is that sirens and harpies are supporters of women and are full of love and desire for them. A book I own on myths and legends states that they can be ‘mystical sisters’ of women, encouraging them to live their best lives. I thought this poem I wrote fit in well with Lucy Stein’s ‘female gaze’ in Wet Room and her own mention of these fabulous, mythical creatures.

 

 

Mystical Sister

 

She signifies danger and death to men, but to women

she is a sister, an angel, a mother, protector.

A guardian of female souls.

 

She sings to us not with doom, but with love.

A mystical sister, a heavenly, welcome visitor.

If you call to her, she will answer you.

 

She belongs to the ocean, wild shores and the sky.

She speaks through the waves and a bird’s soulful cry.

A mermaid, a sea bird, a shape-shifting spirit.

 

Her vibrations move through your skull.

You sense her in your bones, but she would never crush them

or consume you. She does the opposite – she lifts you.

 

She cares for you, and she wants you to fly.

She has no wish for you to die. She remembers the bond

of this relationship bound from an ancient time.

 

She does not desire your blood or death. She is no threat

to us. She would never drown you or turn you into stone.

Her strength and courage pulse through your veins.

 

Immortal goddess of water, air, and time. I see her.

Moonlight drips from her wings, long silver talons glint.

They could slice open human skin with one touch,

 

but they disappear. Soft feathers hold us in the sweetest embrace.

The fire of the earth blazes in her colour changing eyes.

She ignites hidden dreams and urges you to rise.

 

Her words echo through the tides. Ripples of sound

become louder. She shouts! For the right to be safe, to be heard,

that our education should never be decided by men alone.

 

She casts her gaze over the world. She can see

women still denied their rights, girls denied their schools

in countries where only men can make the rules.

 

She orders us to unite, to protest, to continue the fight.

I burn and rage with them. I will use my voice

for all women to possess their freedom and choice.

 

So I love the thought of you, a magical, mystical sister.

A female goddess who strives for our truth.

Supporter of women and all that we do.

 

Words by Rachel Marsh

 

 

 

Opening Event: Sophie Goodchild ‘Significant Other: Bulging Waters’

Flatland Projects are extremely excited to invite you to the opening of Sophie Goodchild’s solo exhibition; ‘Significant Other: Bulging Waters‘, Saturday 9 April 2022. This exhibition will be the first in their new Bexhill on Sea space at Beeching Road Studios.

Flatland Projects said “Those who have followed our journey will know that this has been a long term project and we are incredibly honoured to mark this occasion with Sophie’s first UK solo presentation.”

 

Date:

Saturday 9th April 2022

 

Time:

14:00 – 17:00

 

Location:

Flatland Projects

Unit 7 Beeching Road Studios

Beeching Road

Bexhill on Sea

TN39 3LJ

 

‘Significant Other: Bulging Water’ is an exhibition of felted, ceramic, stone, and salt sculptures produced throughout her experience and time of pregnancy. Goodchild’s approach to making is both connected to craft and the land through the elemental qualities in the making process. Materially, felt and ceramics derive from the fundamental need to contain, carry and protect, commonly descending from living organisms and their own surrounding ecosystems. Through connecting histories of craft, Goodchild places focus upon touch through her making as ‘sensation as translation’; an idea routed in the haptic; to feel within new realms and more importantly, to look at touch as potency.

Sophie Goodchild (b.1993, Chester, UK) lives and works in Nottingham, and has most recently been included in group presentations at Kupfer Project, London; One Thoresby Street, Nottingham; and Saatchi Gallery, London. Goodchild is currently the recipient of the Backlit Gallery studio award in Nottingham, was a recipient of the 2021 London Bronze Editions Prize and a finalist in the 2020 Ingram Prize.

We’re Hiring: Café Bar and Evening Gig Staff

Please see below a summery of the Cafe Bar and Evening Gig staff roles we are currently recruiting for. If this sounds of interest please download the full job description here and send your CV and Equal Opps form to eat.manager@dlwp.com

MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ROLE

– To ensure the smooth and efficient running of the Café Bar,
Gig Bars and private events.
– To ensure a quality experience for customers visiting the DLWP Café
and attending events.
– To lead on the service aspect of a variety of private & corporate events.
– To maximise income & profitability.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

– Previous supervisory experience
– Excellent customer service skills
– Good organisational skills
– Flexibility of working hours
– Willingness to introduce & implement new procedures

ROLE OBJECTIVES

– To ensure a high quality experience for all visitors to the DLWP Café Bar
– To be responsible for the general cleanliness and presentation of all bars
– To serve customers in the DLWP Café Bar on a day to day basis
– To work gig bars on event nights
– To work banqueting style events ie: weddings, private lunches/dinners (both seated and buffet style), conferences and meetings etc.

Download full Job Description here.

How to apply: Please send your CV and Equal Opps form to Eat.manager@dlwp.com

Exhibitions Programme 2022

Featuring: Lucy Stein, Bassam Al-Sabah, RESOLVE, Minoru Nomata, Zineb Sedira

Spring – January 30–May 2

Lucy Stein. Wet Room, 2021. Installation view. Photo: Rob Harris.

Lucy Stein: Wet Room

Obsessive, unashamedly emotional and loaded with a strong psychological charge, Lucy Stein’s work incorporates a heady mixture of styles and references. Weaving together personal experiences with feminist and psychoanalytic theory, mythology and religion, her drawings, paintings and installations draw upon the concept of the “female gaze” to question the representation of women in art history. Since moving to St Just, Cornwall in 2015, Stein has become deeply involved in the history and folkloric traditions of the Cornish landscape. The exhibition centres around an installation comprising a bathtub and sink with running taps, surrounded by tiled walls hand-painted with scenes relating to the artist’s study of western esoteric traditions. Surrounding this central installation is a series of new paintings and drawings made during Stein’s second pregnancy and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, which reflect on a period of intensive domestic caregiving and anxiety. Stein has also drawn upon the modernist history and coastal setting of the De La Warr Pavilion through a new tile-based work made in response to this context.

Lucy Stein: Wet Room is commissioned and produced by Spike Island in Bristol, where it was on display from 25 September 2021 to 16 January 2022.

Photo credit: Rob Harris

Bassam Al-Sabah: I AM ERROR

Bassam Al-Sabah’s exhibition explores the construction of masculinity in action-adventure video games through video, painting and sculpture, creating fantasy dreamscapes in which personal mythology, historical trauma and queer possibility intersect. The centrepiece is a 28-minute-long animation projected on to a large curved screen. It features a collection of cinematic sequences from an imaginary game in which the hero’s body is constantly in flux, undergoing metamorphoses as a result of their encounter with other lifeforms, whose physical touch makes them vulnerable to change. Combining fantasy erotica and body horror, Al-Sabah’s film celebrates the hero’s growth and transformation, as their body sprouts and blends into its surroundings, among writhing flowers and tentacular creatures. The show is punctuated by digitally sculpted objects that explore the materiality of organic decay, extending the eerie atmosphere of Al-Sabah’s animations into the gallery space.

Commissioned and produced by Gasworks, London, in partnership with the De La Warr Pavilion, with the generous support of the Freelands Foundation.

Summer: May 21–September 4

Photo by Chris Ison

RESOLVE

RESOLVE is an interdisciplinary design collective combining architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges. They have delivered numerous projects, workshops, publications, and talks in the UK and across Europe, all of which look toward realising just and equitable visions of change in our built environment. Their major new commission, realised in partnership with the De La Warr Pavilion, Wellcome Collection and West Dean College makes use of the rich resources and histories at each partner site to investigate humanity’s entangled relationship with the vegetal world, inviting new perspectives on environmentalism, re-wilding, and practical solutions to living equitably with others and in nature. Researching new and ancient approaches to land use while on residency at West Dean College, the collective has been collaborating with young people in Bexhill-on-Sea and London to create new commissions for this solo exhibition and inclusion in the Wellcome Collection’s Rooted Beings exhibition (24 March – 29 August 2022). Titled What The Wild Things Are, the project surveys the geographical, political and ecological contexts of each institution – the coastal, the urban and the rural – probing predeterminations of what and who is “wild” in these contexts and challenging our preconceived separation of built and “natural” environments.

Minoru Nomata, Gekka-4, 2022. Courtesy of the artist, White Cube and Taro Nasu.

Minoru Nomata

The visionary paintings of Minoru Nomata depict imaginary landscapes that transcend time and place. Featuring architectural superstructures and topographical forms devoid of human presence, his uncanny depictions are portals into mysterious and uncertain worlds. Growing up in Tokyo’s industrial district of Meguro during a period of rapid urban and economic growth in Japan, Nomata became fascinated by the structural design of factories, chimneys, and water towers. At the Tokyo University of the Arts he studied European and Asian art, particularly classical Islamic patterns, and became drawn to the Machine Age and the modernism of American Precisionist, Charles Sheeler. It is these formative influences that have remained a constant in how Nomata creates each of his works, which blend the industrial, the fantastical, the archaic and the futuristic. Brutalist in beauty, aerodynamic in form and ambient in their atmosphere, Nomata’s landscapes are meditations on an ever-changing world and vehicles to alternative futures. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition outside of Asia.

 

Autumn: September 24, 2022–January 8, 2023

Zineb Sedira, Transmettre en abyme, 2012, video installation with 3 screens (still)

Zineb Sedira

Spanning both of the De La Warr Pavilion’s galleries, this major solo exhibition by Zineb Sedira will be her first in a UK public gallery for 12 years. Working across photography, installation and film, Sedira draws upon her personal history and close connection to Algeria, France and the UK to explore ideas of identity, mobility, gender, environment and collective memory. Throughout her career, Sedira has become a leading voice in addressing the question of what it means to live between different cultures, often bringing together autobiographical narration, fiction and documentary genres. This exhibition will focus on the artist’s ongoing investigation into the conditions of transnational trade and migrant consciousness in a post-colonial context, within which the sea is a recurring motif.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the De La Warr Pavilion and Dundee Contemporary Arts.

 

Further details of the De La Warr Pavilion’s exhibitions programme can be found at dlwp.com

Our exhibitions are accompanied by an expansive engagement programme including tours, events, and workshops for all ages. They offer opportunities to develop connections, curiosity, skills, understanding and creative potential. Please visit dlwp.com/learning for more information.

Create Music launches as joint music education service for the South East

Create Music, a joint collaboration bringing together the educational services of Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (BHMA) and East Sussex Music (ESM) will offer music tuition to more people across the South East region.

As one of the largest providers of music education in the UK, Create Music reaches over 18,500 children and young people across 262 participating schools and music centres, spanning from Hove to Hastings. The service is managed by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, as part of their remit to remove barriers to cultural experiences across age, ability and communities. The service has recently expanded its offer to online courses for adults from beginners to advanced level.

Chair of Create Music and Director of De La Warr Pavilion, Stewart Drew said:

“We’re really excited to be launching Create Music as the new name for the music services in the South East region with a fantastic new website. Create Music aims to offer easy access to music making across more communities, from school pupils to older learners. The benefits of singing, learning an instrument and playing together is immeasurable and we’ve seen how it can improve people’s lives for the better.”

Research from the University of Sussex School of Psychology found that music education can have a profoundly positive impact on young people’s wellbeing, mental health and social skills, particularly those who are marginalised, at risk, or in need of support. It concluded that making music, writing lyrics and developing personal music tastes allows young people to explore and express their emotions and discover their identity, empowering individuals and giving them a community in which they can thrive.

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival commented:

“Whether someone is picking up an instrument for the first time, or studying at a professional level, we want to inspire everyone to enjoy and take part in making music.”

Both services have a long history in teaching music and have an impressive list of alumni who have forged successful professional careers, including Grammy nominated composer John Powell, known for his work on films such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon and percussionist Rosie Bergonzi who has performed with Neneh Cherry and Chineke! Orchestra.

Rosie commented:

I joined the music service aged 15, after stumbling into the world of classical music at the back of my school orchestra. I was exposed to so many different forms of music, things that still feed into my playing and teaching today and I was given opportunities that stretched me and enabled me to shine. My family weren’t well off, but the bursaries meant that I could follow my passion to learn and grow. I’m so grateful to the music service and the way it broadened my horizons. It helped me to realise music making could be my life.”

 

Create Music services are in participating schools, music centres and online. Tuition fees aim to be affordable, with funding available for families who may need support.

Full details can be found at:

createmusic.org.uk

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Bexhill Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair set to return in 2022

The Bexhill Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair, an important fixture in the local jobs and skills calendar, is set to return to the De La Warr Pavilion on Friday 25 March 2022. Exhibitor registration is now open and local businesses and organisations are encouraged to register ahead of the 4 February deadline.

The last event, held in 2020, attracted over 500 visitors and exhibitor feedback included ‘A really good selection of potential candidates’, ‘Lots of appointment slots filled’ and ‘Valuable for enticing people to Open Day’.

Huw Merriman, MP, said ‘The Bexhill Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair is invaluable for local employers, colleges and skills development organisations looking to recruit and great for raising awareness and networking.  For 2022, we’re keen to include a wide range of opportunities across sectors including Construction, Tourism & Leisure, Hospitality, Retail, Transport, Digital, Manufacturing, Engineering, the Creative Industries, Land-based, the Green economy and Health & Social Care.

The event is always over-subscribed so we would urge anyone interested in exhibiting to register early to avoid missing out.’

Stewart Drew, Director & CEO, De La Warr Pavilion, said ‘We’re delighted the Bexhill Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair will be back at DLWP in 2022. It’s a fantastic event where the whole community, particularly our young people, can explore the best employment and skills development opportunities the local area has to offer.’

Due to ongoing operational and scheduling pressures as a result of the longer term impact of the pandemic, the 2022 event will run from 11am to 3pm and include a maximum of 20 exhibitor spaces. As a not-for-profit community-led initiative, the fair will continue to be free to exhibit at but exhibitors will be selected based on criteria including live opportunities available and a £100 refundable deposit will be payable.

The Bexhill Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair is on Friday 25 March 2022, 11am – 3pm at the De La Warr Pavilion. Register to exhibit by Friday 4 February 2022.

 

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Dreams; A poem by Rachel Marsh

Have you ever had any dreams before?

The ones where there are no closed doors to happiness.

Where everything you wish for comes true,

and the sea you swim in is a fairytale shade of blue.

 

The dreams where we fly to a world of our own,

where we sit in a heavenly garden we’ve grown.

A pier that sits in the sky instead of the sea

when the lights of the city were far below me.

 

The dreams where we can see loved ones we’ve lost,

and every Christmas has a perfect white winter frost.

Where the sea has no plastic and the water is pure,

and we feel independent, safe and secure.

 

But the nightmares can creep in, disturbing our dreams.

Where everything we love falls apart at the seams.

Hearts can be broken, and we feel fear and pain,

and the unkind words are repeating again.

 

But we cannot allow nightmares to ruin our day.

Let’s remember the dreams where the fear goes away.

The dreams that remind us of how strong we are,

let’s keep them in a dreamcatcher memory jar.

 

ROOTED BEINGS

Wellcome Collection

24 March – 29 August 2022

 

In February 2022, Wellcome Collection opens Rooted Beings, a major new exhibition reimagining our relationship with plants and fungi.

De La Warr Pavilion, Wellcome Collection and West Dean College are currently working with interdisciplinary designers RESOLVE on a major new commission, ‘Re-wilding: Coast, Countryside, City’. Making use of the rich resources and histories at each partner site, RESOLVE are investigating humanity’s entangled relationship with the vegetal world, inviting new perspectives on environmentalism and re/wilding, long-term thinking, and practical solutions to living equitably with others and with nature. By researching new and ancient approaches to land use while on residency at West Dean College they will use this knowledge and build collaborations with young people in Bexhill and London to create a new commission for inclusion in Wellcome Collection’s Rooted Beings exhibition in March 2022, and a solo exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion in May 2022. You can read more about RESOLVE and the new commission in our recent post here.

As the current environmental crisis exposes the vital yet fragile connections between human and planetary health, this exhibition will present plants as so much more than simply a resource for human consumption, tools or even decoration. Through new artists commissions as well as botanical specimens and historic works, it will explore what we can learn from plant behaviour as we rethink the significance of these ancient, complex, and sensitive beings. Rooted Beings while encourage us to rethink the way we see plants and embrace wildness in our lifes, landscapes and hearts.

The theme of colonial violence and indigenous knowledges takes as a starting point the botanical specimens and information brought to Europe from Latin America in the 18th and 19th centuries during the scientific expeditions and housed in the archives of Wellcome Collection and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This period saw an unprecedented moment of global expansion in knowledge, trade and industrialisation, which happened at the expense of indigenous cultures being erased and ecosystems destroyed. Both artists’ works demand a move beyond this instrumental approach to the living world, instead reasserting the role of plants in nurturing our ecosystems and our imagination.

Patricia Domínguez‘s new commission Matrix Vegetal, produced in collaboration with Delfina Foundation, will bring together experimental research on ethnobotany (the study of how people from particular areas or cultures use indigenous plants), healing practices, and the commercialisation of wellbeing. The installation will feature five futuristic totems displaying botanical reproductions from Wellcome’s collection and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, honouring the narratives of violence and healing embodied by the displayed material.

Joseca, a Yanomami artist from the Amazon rainforest, produces detailed drawings that combine images of shamanic plant spirits, summoned to restore health and fight off disease, with scenes from daily life in the forest. Joseca’s drawings from the collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain (Paris) illustrate the significance of trees as central to the ecosystem that supports human and non-human life.

Simultaneously, installations by Eduardo Navarro, Gözde Ilki, Ingela Ihrman, explore the theme of symbiosis and what can be learnt from plant behaviour and our complex interdependence with the vegetal world. Eduardo Navarro‘s commission The Photosynthetics comprises a series of drawings on biodegradable paper envelopes containing the seeds of London plane trees that, after the exhibition closes, will be returned to the soil activating the seeds within. In collaboration with philosopher Michael Marder, Navarro has produced a series of instructions showing how to experience the exhibition as a plant, inviting us to embark on a journey towards vegetal enlightenment.

Meanwhile Gözde Ilkin will present As the roots spoke, the cracks deepened, a series of hand–sewn textiles expanding her interest in plant intelligence and interspecies symbiosis creating visions that transcend human, animal and plant categories; and Ingela Ihrman’s A Great Seaweed Day, inspired by the artist’s love of swimming in the sea will propose a deep connection between the ecosystems of the oceans and the human bodies. The seaweed sculptures suggest links between her intestinal flora and marine flora. Ihrman will also present The Passion Flower, a costume activated by the artist in a performance where the audience pollinated the plant by drinking ‘ nectar’ from the flower, an act of intimacy and attraction.

Some key highlight historical objects include: a 19th Century textile depicting Jambūdvīpa, the central continent of the middle world in Jain cosmology; illustrations from John Ernest Weavers’ The Ecological Relations of Roots; and an Egyptian papyrus from 400AD thought to be the earliest fragment in existence of an illustrated herbal for medical purposes.

Finally, the theme of wilding encourages us to break down the artificial wall between nature and culture to ‘rewild’ our land and our minds through new commissions by Sop and RESOLVE Collective.

Artist Sop returns to Wellcome Collection to present The Den 3, a new installation where Sop narrates the process of constructing a secret den in the wood near their house in London, as they were shielding during the Covid-19 pandemic. It reveals how their relationship with the woods chimes with their experience of illness, finding solace in the longevity of nature set against our relatively fleeting human lives. And finally, in collaboration with Wellcome Collection Youth Programme, De La Warr Pavilion and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, RESOLVE Collective will present a new commission which will take the form of action-research programme inviting young people to think through ideas around stewardship, racialised privilege, and colonial histories in the UK countryside.

Exhibition curator Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz said:

“Rooted Beings proposes a space to meditate on our relationship with the natural world and its impact on ecosystems, our liveliness and our health. The exhibition is essentially an entanglement of collections and artists projects that invite us to embark on a meditative reflection on plant life and what we can learn from it: to be rooted, attentive, flexible and caring – to attain vegetal wisdom.”

Rooted Beings is presented at Wellcome Collection from 24 February to 29 August 2022. It is curated by Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz with Emily Sargent, and it is a collaboration between Wellcome Collection and La Casa Encendida, Madrid. Commission partners: Delfina Foundation, De La Warr Pavilion, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.

The exhibition is accompanied by ‘This Book is a Plant: How to Grow, Learn and Radically Engage with the Natural World’, published by Wellcome Collection and Profile Books.

 

For further press information and images please contact: Juan Sánchez, Media Manager, Wellcome Collection

E: j.sanchez@wellcome.org | T: +44 207 611 8820 | W: wellcomecollection.org/press

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

Visitor information

• Rooted Beings opens 24 February until 29 August 2022.
• Admission to Wellcome Collection is free.
• Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 to 18.00, closed Mondays. • Address: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road NW1 2BE

Accompanying Publication

This Book is a Plant: How to Grow, Learn and Radically Engage with the Natural World is a new Wellcome Collection title which accompanies the major exhibition Rooted Beings. We’ve become used to thinking of plants as things for us to use, as food, tools, resources, or just as an attractive background to our own lives. But it’s time to change our minds. New research shows that plants can think, plan, and may even have memories. We share our planet with beings whose potential we have only glimpsed. Featuring the writing of Robin Wall Kimmerer, Susie Orbach and Merlin Sheldrake, This Book is a Plant will be your handbook to the new reality: showing you a pathway to completely reimagine your relationship with a different kind of natural world. Delve into a world of moss and fungi: Sheila Watt-Cloutier transports us to the Arctic Spring, Sumana Roy invites us into a world of bamboo and Bengali poetry, and Rebecca Tamás puts roots down through earth and soil. This Book is a Plant is made from paper: it was once part of a tree. But it’s also a seed: the first shoots of a radical new way of seeing the world around you.

About La Casa Encendida, Madrid

La Casa Encendida, Madrid, is a social and cultural centre managed by Fundación Montemadrid, a dynamic space open to audiences of all ages and persuasions where visitors can find some of today’s most groundbreaking artistic expressions as well as educational, philosophical and debating activities that revolve around the centre’s four main spheres of action: Arts, Solidarity, Environment and Education.

About Andreas Lechthaler Architecture – Exhibition Designers

Andreas Lechthale Architecture work at the interface between art, architecture and public space. They create complementing and highly individual settings for art experiences and help artists realise their vision. Their practice works across many scales, from public space, gallery and museum design through to exhibition architecture and furniture design. All interventions are driven from a desire to create coherent, subtle and multisensory spaces that create holistic environments which allow personal interaction and a sense of wonder and unnoticed enhancement. Recent commissions include “Kusama –A Retrospective” at Gropius Bau Berlin, “Pipilotti Rist” at L.A. Moca, “The Soho Photography Quarter” for Westminster and On Happiness at Wellcome Collection.

About Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library exploring health and human experience. Its vision is to challenge how we all think and feel about health by connecting science, medicine, life and art. It offers changing curated exhibitions, museum and library collections, public events, in addition to a shop, restaurant and café. Wellcome Collection publishes books on what it means to be human, and collaborates widely to reach broad and diverse audiences, locally and globally.

Wellcome Collection actively develops and preserves collections for current and future audiences and, where possible, offers new narratives about health and the human condition. The museum and library work to engage underrepresented audiences, including deaf, disabled, neurodivergent, and racially minoritised communities.

Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome which supports science to solve the urgent health challenges facing everyone. We support discovery research into life, health and wellbeing, and we’re taking on three worldwide health challenges: mental health, global heating and infectious diseases. We are a politically and financially independent foundation.

 

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Stick Man: Drawing Competition

This award-winning production, from the team behind ZogTiddler and other Terrific Tales, and Tabby McTat features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.

What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?

(c) Mark Senior

 

We are very excited to be presenting this show on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 December and to get everyone in the mood, we’ve introduced our Stick Man post box in the main foyer on the ground floor of the building. If you draw a picture of Stick Man – perhaps on a winter adventure – and post it in the box, we will show your drawing on our screens on 8 and 9 December.
Time to get drawing – and don’t forget to put your name on the back so we can credit you!

 

Don’t forget to book tickets to see the show – click here for booking.