Harold Offeh In Conversation

  • Free
  • Discussion
  • British Sign Language
  • Speech-to-text
  • Audio described
Photograph of a laptop on a desk.  On the laptop screen is a portrait of Harold Offeh sitting on a sofa with his arms spread out across the back of the sofa and his legs crossed. Harold is wearing glasses, a red jacket, and a white shirt. Next to the laptop are headphones and a postcard showing a still from Joy Inside Our Tears, four photographs of performers each monotone with a bright yellow tone overlayed.
Harold Offeh In Conversation. Photo: Kathleen Arundell. © Portrait by Emile Holba.

What you’ll do

Watch a screening of ‘The Joy Inside Our Tears’, Harold Offeh’s installation in our ‘Joy’ gallery. Then listen to a conversation between Harold and curator George Vasey.

They will discuss the inspiration behind the piece, including Harold’s interest in collective dance in relation to traumatic histories, from queer communities of colour in 1990s danceathons to medieval dancing plagues. They will also talk about the context of making art about collective joy during a national lockdown.

This event will be live-streamed on Wellcome Collection’s YouTube channel and available to watch afterwards. After booking a ticket, you will receive a confirmation email with joining instructions.

You will be able to comment and ask questions live online using YouTube Live Chat and via Slido during the event. Your microphone and camera will be switched off for the whole session.

About your contributors

Photograph of Harold Offeh

Harold Offeh


Harold Offeh is a UK-based artist working in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. Offeh is interested in the space created by inhabiting or embodying histories, using humour to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, including Tate Britain and Tate Modern, South London Gallery, Turf Projects (London), Kettle’s Yard, Wysing Arts Centre Studio (Cambridge), Studio Museum Harlem (New York), MAC VAL (France) Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Denmark) and Art Tower Mito (Japan). He recently completed a PhD exploring the activation of Black album covers through performance. He is a Reader in Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University and a tutor in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art.

Photograph of George Vasey

George Vasey


George Vasey is a curator currently working on projects with Wellcome Collection and Leeds Art Gallery. He has curated exhibitions and projects in public, academic and commercial contexts. He has previously worked as a curator at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland and as a curatorial fellow at Newcastle University. In 2017 he co-curated the Turner Prize. His writing has been published in Art Monthly, Art Review, Burlington Contemporary, Frieze and Mousse, as well as numerous artists’ catalogues and books. He regularly teaches and has mentored artists, writers and curators for various organisations.



Need to know

Guaranteed (online)

Booking a ticket guarantees you entry to the online event. You will be given joining instructions in your confirmation email. If you have any access requests or requirements, for example a transcript of the event, email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 020 7611 2222.

British Sign Language

This event is British Sign Language interpreted. An interpreter will be embedded in the event stream/visible to all attendees and will interpret what is discussed into BSL for d/Deaf, hard of hearing and deafened attendees.


This event will have live speech-to-text transcription which may be useful for people who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, deafened or neurodiverse. The text will be embedded in the event video window and ticketholders will also receive a link to open subtitles in a separate window.

Audio described

The host and speakers will describe themselves and key visual elements they refer to, which may be useful for blind, partially sighted and neurodiverse attendees. There will not be a separate audio description track.

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