Exceptional & Extraordinary: unruly bodies and minds in the medical museum

Date: Monday 13 June 2016, 17.30 – 21.00

Venue: Royal College of Physicians

Knowledge Quarter’s partner, the Royal College of Physicians, home to medicine for almost 500 years, invite acclaimed artists to bring their bodies, minds and provocative visions to the fore. The evening, as part of the UK-wide Exceptional & Extraordinary project, explores difference in modern Britain through the prism of some of the country’s leading medical museum collections.



Reception drinks and a chance to view our museum collections and award-winning ‘Re-framing disability’ exhibition.


Julie McNamara, ‘Hold the hearse!‘ – An interactive, extraordinary theatrical journey through a myriad of museum collections that have impacted on the lives of the Mad, the Bad and the Unruly in our midst.
David Hevey, ‘The fight for life‘ – In this powerful, unsettling and provocative film, David Hevey examines the hostile and uncertain world in which many disabled people find themselves.In this unsettling new work he explores how disabled people increasingly face questions around just who is – and who isn’t – worth the biomedical resources and technology to live longer and empowered lives.

Q&A with the artists

In addition to the performances, there’s an exclusive opportunity to view a re-staging of the museum’s highly-praised exhibition ‘Re-framing disability: portraits from the Royal College of Physicians’, winner of the Ability Media International award.

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