HSEC Residency at Science Gallery London

The Health and Social Equity Collective are in residency at the Science Gallery London throughout 2023. The residency gives the Collective the opportunity to creatively explore research questions through events that convene members of the Collective, and a public programme of events and temporary installations. 

The residency aims to:

  • Convene people from different sectors and backgrounds and engage them in the process of advocacy, research, education and training around health and social inequalities.
  • Create exchange and connections between members of the Collective and SGL’s constituent groups, to help shape the Collective’s work. 
  • Explore new ways of arguing and presenting existing data on health inequalities. 
  • Effect cultural change amongst medical and healthcare professionals. 
  • Redefine what is understood by ‘experts’ and ‘expertise’ to tackle health inequalities.

In March 2023, the Collective had a takeover of the ground floor ‘Living Room’ space. We opened the residency with a one-night event, Not My Shame, which featured poetry readings by survivors of sexual abuse who participated in a King’s research project of the same name. We introduced attendees to an installation featuring the Collective’s origin story and Guiding Principles.

Our installation was designed by Science Gallery London, the Collective’s core team and an independent designer, and can be visited in Gallery 2 (upstairs) until Saturday 20th May. The installation consists of the illustrated minutes from the workshop in December, an illustrated origin story of the Collective, our co-created Principles, and a chance for the public to interact by combining word and graphic blocks to make a visual statement of their lived experiences of healthcare. These responses are then photographed and uploaded to a nearby screen. A listening station is also available for visitors to listen to a library of podcasts produced by the Health Inequalities Research Group. 

Details of future installations coming soon!

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