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Catch Your Breath exhibition

(23 November 2018)

This new temporary exhibition exploring the Life of Breath research project, jointly led by Durham University and the University of Bristol, will open tomorrow Saturday, 24 November at Palace Green Library. Bringing together medical history, philosophy, art, literature and music, the exhibition will combine new artist commissions with objects from the Durham University collections and beyond to discover new ways of thinking about breath and breathlessness and their relationship to both illness and wellbeing. This exhibition is funded by Wellcome Trust. For more information about the Life of Breath project, visit the website. If you have any queries, please email

Breathing isn’t just a bodily function. It allows us to speak, laugh and sing. It connects us to the outside world. It reflects our state of mind and can be consciously controlled. Breath has inspired art and literature. For many it has spiritual significance. The personal and cultural meaning of breathing goes beyond the simple act of keeping us alive.

A full programme of free related activities and events for all age groups will run up to and alongside this exhibition, including a Mindfulness course and drop-in sessions, chair-yoga classes, and weekend family activities. Check the websites: or for more information.

Catch Your Breath will also be touring in 2019 to the Royal College of Physicians in London and Southmead Hospital Bristol. Visit the exhibition website to keep up to date on developments.

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