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Catch Your Breath

24 November 2018 - 17 March 2019, 10:00-17:00


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.

Catch Your Breath is a new temporary exhibition exploring the Life of Breath research project, jointly led by Durham University and the University of Bristol. 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.

A full programme of related activities and events for all age groups will run up to and alongside the exhibition. Check back later in the year for further 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 follow the exhibition and keep up to date on developments:

This exhibition is funded by Wellcome Trust. For more information about the Life of Breath project, visit:

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