Heart n Soul at The Hub

Heart n Soul at The Hub

We are delighted to announce that Heart n Soul will be the new residents of The Hub at the Wellcome Collection!

The Hub Award provides a research space where people from different backgrounds and expertise collaborate on projects exploring medicine, life and art.

We are kicking off our exciting new residency with an immersive audio-visual installation - 'Heart n Soul: Our Voice, Our Way' at the Wellcome Collection from Wednesday 24 - Sunday 28 October. We will also be hosting 'The Chat Up - What is Normal?' on Thursday 25 October, an evening exploring ideas of human value, difference and love from the viewpoint of people with learning disabilities and autism.

Over the next two years we will investigate how relationships between people with and without learning disabilities affect mutual wellbeing. Starting in October, we will look at ideas of ‘human value’, ‘difference’ and ‘love’ from the viewpoint of people with learning disabilities in order to challenge perceptions and change attitudes in society.

Through valuing difference, we will aim to reveal what we can learn from people with autism and learning disabilities, to further understand how everyone’s health can be improved and celebrated.

We will bring together artists, scientists, researchers and clinicians, to uncover new insights around the lives of people with autism and learning disabilities.

Our core team includes Mark Williams, Heart n Soul’s Artistic Director/Chief Executive, Heart n Soul artists, Pino Frumiento, Catherine Long, Robyn Steward and Tilley Milburn, Dr Chris McGinley (Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art); Professor Mick Grierson (Goldsmiths, University of London); Clinical Psychologist and lecturer Dr Dora Whittuck (Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust); Dr Anna Remington (Director, UCL Centre for Research in Autism and Education); and cultural policy adviser and writer, John Kieffer. We will also work with a number of collaborators on the project too.

Mark Williams, says: "We are delighted…it is like having a massive PA system amplifying the way we work together at Heart n Soul. We will be doing and sharing our work on a more public and visible scale, with an incredible team of diverse minds and asking some big questions which have the potential to show the possibility of a more open, equal and kinder world for all of us."

Awardees receive up to £1 million to bring researchers and creative professionals together over a two-year collaborative residency. 

Read the full press release in the downloads box to the right.

Look out for news of upcoming events to celebrate the start of our residency at the Wellcome Collection in October.