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Wellcome Collection to launch new permanent gallery available for event bookings

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:00

Wellcome Collection is now taking bookings for its brand new permanent exhibition space, launching in September 2019.

Replacing the Medicine Now display, which closes after 12 years and around 2 million visits, Being Human will provide a brand new backdrop for evening events at Wellcome Collection, from product launches to drinks receptions, adding to its already varied portfolio of event spaces.

Being Human, the new permanent gallery at Wellcome Collection will explore what it means to be human in the 21st century. The new display will present around 50 artworks and objects that reflect our hopes and fears about new forms of medical knowledge to our changing relationships with ourselves, each other and the world. Highlights include works by Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA), Deborah Kelly, Tamsin van Essen, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Superflex, Tasha Marks | AVM Curiosities, and objects such as a gene editing kit, the Zimbabwe Friendship bench and the Accessible Icon Project.

The new gallery will be designed by multi-disciplinary and socially-focussed collective Assemble, who work across architecture, design and art.

Daniel Caleb, Head of Venue Hire at Wellcome Collection, says: “We’re very excited for the new permanent gallery to open and can’t wait to unveil the space to clients old and new. The design will use natural materials, colour and inclusive design to create a humane and uplifting space where challenging conversations can happen, creating a truly unique backdrop for a variety of events. We strive to always provide innovative and inspiring experiences for delegates and this exhibition certainly isn’t one to be missed.”

Since it opened in 2007, Wellcome Collection has become known as the free museum and library for the incurably curious. The new displays will replace the Medicine Now gallery, which closed on 23 April 2019 for work to begin. The new displays will open in September 2019, with further information available at They follow an ambitious transformation project which in 2015, saw the transformation of Wellcome Collection’s Reading Room, additional temporary exhibition space and improved facilities for visitors.