Being Human Launch Party

Role: Freelance Project Lead/Facilitator

As the project lead, I worked with the RawMinds Ambassadors to programme Wellcome Collections first ever youth private view which welcomed well over 100 young people into the museum to celebrate the launch of the new Being Human gallery on Wednesday 11 September 2019.

All activity on the evening responded to the four themes explored through the artwork and objects in the gallery which were: genetics, environmental breakdown, minds and bodies and infection. The event included performances by three young spoken word artists, hosted a screening of films produced by the RawMinds ambassadors which included a range of interviews with artists, Wellcome staff and young activists from Extinction Rebellion as well as an interactive quiz developed by the group to engage their peers.

In co-producing this event I focused the groups conversations around the necessity of this to being ‘for young people, by young people’. During the process, we talked with a number of colleagues across Wellcome including the displays curator, Claire Barlow. Using discursive methods, we took the galleries four themes as a point of departure for developing content and supporting them to better understand the principals of the artist invite. The nature of this methodology created room for me to reintroduce conversations about the importance of youth led programming in playing a key role in welcoming new and diverse audiences into museum spaces.