Animating the body

We recently held a weekend of hands-on creative activities and thoughtful conversations exploring how we communicate through posture, gesture and facial expression. One of these activities included re-animating a film from Wellcome’s archive of moving images, featuring a range of body language. Dan Brown from Mash Cinema tells us more. 

When I was asked to develop a drop-in activity for the Bloomsbury Festival ‘Speaking With Your Body‘ weekend, it didn’t take me long to decide on how it might work. The process of rotoscoping came to mind, as it’s one that many people can get involved in and would allow for a highly collaborative outcome.

The idea

Rotoscoping has been around since about 1915 and was said to be first used by Max Fleischer on his animated series Out Of The Inkwell. Fleischer projected footage of his brother on to frosted glass and drew around the image frame by frame, creating an animation that was much smoother and moved in a more human way. Continue reading

Hearing Voices: On Curiosity

Seven young voice hearers, aged 14-19, collaborated with artist Hannah Hull to create a significant body of artwork that comments on a key theme in our current exhibition ‘THIS IS A VOICE’. This artwork aims to evoke and challenge the viewer’s expectations of a voice hearer. Hannah tells us more about it and considers the ethics of such an artwork.

The experience of working with seven young women who hear voices has been incredible. I couldn’t have asked for a more creative, smart and sensitive group to co-produce artwork with for the current Wellcome Collection exhibition. They challenged me and my practice to the fullest, and it has been one of the most rewarding art projects I have undertaken to date.

There is so much I want to communicate about this body of work, but I’m going to talk about the one thing that is conspicuously absent from our main artwork: details about the experience of hearing voices. Continue reading

Stop-frame animation at Wellcome Collection

Saturday Studio is our series of drop-in activities inspired by Wellcome Collection. They are for people aged 14–19 and led by experts from a variety of creative fields; participants can try out new skills and meet new people. Our latest session explored Wellcome Collection using stop-motion animation techniques. Dan Brown from Mash Cinema tells us what inspired this session, how he came up with the format and how it went.

When I was asked by Wellcome Collection’s Youth Programmes team to use stop-frame animation techniques to explore the themes of their current exhibitions, as well as using the collection itself, one exhibition jumped out at me.


I couldn’t help but draw inspiration from their current States of Mind exhibition; after visiting it my mind was buzzing with ideas. Goshka Macuga’s “Somnambulist”, lying peacefully in the gallery, was especially intriguing as, having seen the film that influenced the piece (“The Cabinet of Dr Calagari”), I knew the maniacal mind behind its eyes. Continue reading

Creative Merchandise: Prototyping

We’re a few weeks into RawMinds: Creative Merchandise, our current RawMinds project for young people aged 14-19 to creatively engage with Wellcome Collection. Young people are working together with professionals from design and retail to create a range of new products for our shop. We introduced the project in a previous post and now Product Design course leader Wyn tells about recently hosting the young people at Middlesex University.

We were privileged to work with the RawMinds group from Wellcome Collection. A talented bunch of twelve young people had been working on product ideas for Wellcome Collection’s shop. They’d come up with fantastic, clever, insightful and commercial proposals that really brought Wellcome Collection’s ideals and content to life.

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Introducing RawMinds: Creative Merchandise

Welcome to the first in a series of posts about RawMinds: Creative Merchandise, our current RawMinds project for young people aged 14-19 to creatively engage with Wellcome Collection. Over the next two months, a group of selected young people from across London will be working together with professionals from the worlds of design and retail to create a small range of new products for our shop. Freelance facilitator Tiff explains.

The first session of this project started amongst the throng and excitement of a very busy Wellcome Collection on Saturday 16 January. With all the planning in place, Catherine Ayres (Youth Programmes Officer) and I welcomed 13 participants into the Studio at Wellcome Collection to introduce ourselves and set the brief for small teams to produce both a 3D and graphic product for sale in Wellcome Collection’s shop inspired by the collection itself. Continue reading

Creating RawMinds

Wellcome Collection’s Youth Programme aims to engage young people aged 14-19 through participatory projects that build knowledge, inspire creativity and promote confidence. Videographer Stephen Rudder, communications freelancer Josephine Finn and our Youth Programme team recently worked with a group of 17 teenagers to develop a new brand and trailer for our youth engagement projects. Here, Josephine talks about creating RawMinds.

The remit of the group was threefold: to identify a new name to replace Wellcome Collection’s “Young Creators” project; develop a creative identity; and produce a trailer to encourage 14-19 year olds from across London to join. I was enormously inspired by the group’s range of talents, their wealth of ideas and sense of community. The group felt utterly inclusive and effortlessly sociable. Every single member of the group contributed to this project.

The RawMinds group.

The RawMinds group.

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Transvengers: Youth Review & Interview

The Transvengers webcomic was created by a group of young trans people aged 13-19 from Gendered Intelligence and is featured in our Institute of Sexology exhibition. Find out more about the project on our website. This review and interview with one of the young people involved has been re-posted from the LGBTQ Arts and Culture Review.

Article originally posted on the LGBTQ Arts and Culture Review

The four sexologists featured in Transvengers.

The four sexologists featured in Transvengers.

Review: The Transvengers | by Harri

The Transvengers comic is an online comic created by a group of 13-19 year olds from Gendered Intelligence, it’s also on display at the Institute of Sexology exhibition. It’s an incredibly powerful piece of work, but also demonstrates a sharp sense of humour from its creators – we’d certainly recommend a read.  This week, LGBTQ Arts’ Harri wrote up some thoughts having read the comic, and also interviewed Shaun, one of the creators.

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