New formats of engagements at the Wellcome Collection
Ken Arnold, Head of Public Programmes, Wellcome Collection
Since opening in 2007, Wellcome Collection has gained a reputation for innovative temporary programming. Over 2 million visitors have seen and taken part in interdisciplinary projects that have tackled such diverse topics as sleeping and dreaming, flesh, rhythm and dance, identity, and amulets. In the next two years Wellcome Collection will add three more public spaces, each of which will add new opportunities for deeper engagement: a studio for young people to coproduce parts of our programme, a gallery for yearlong rolling thematic projects, and a ‘public study’ that mixes the format of a library reading room, an exhibition space and an arena for public gathering and communication.
My talk will relate the thinking behind these experimental spaces to Elaine Gurian’s provocative ideas about museums providing open storage of materials and ‘undercurated’ networks of accompanying information.