ABNORMAL

Abnormal on tour

Distorted colour photograph of two of the Abnormal images on show in Liverpool
Photo: Jon Stone

 

The Abnormal tour has now ended, although you can read more about it below. Email the artist if you are interested in booking any of the individual pieces of work.


TOUR VENUES


London

Venue:

Hunterian Museum, The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE


Julie Newman

Dates:

13 September 2011 - 14 January 2012

Events:

ARTIST'S TALK: Abnormal Conversation. Saturday 8 October, 1pm.

Ju Gosling aka ju90 talks and answers questions about the exhibition, the residency at the National Institute of Medical Research which led to its creation, and the installation made specially for the Hunterian Museum, the Memory Jar Collection. Ju will also discuss her accompanying book, Abnormal: How Britain became body dysphoric and the key to a cure. Chaired by Hunterian Museum director Dr Sam Alberti.

Free event but numbers are limited so booking is required (see below).

BSL Interpreted: please indicate when you book if you need a sign interpreter. Live speech-to-text transcription for deaf and hard of hearing visitors, delivered by STAGETEXT.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Disability, medicine and museums. Tuesday 18 October, 7-9pm

Ju Gosling, artist; Jocelyn Dodd and Professor Richard Sandell, University of Leicester; Professor Gus McGrouther, plastic and reconstructive surgeon; Dr Ruth Richardson, medical historian.

Disabled people, where represented in museums, are often defined by a medical condition or physical impairment. Nowhere more so than in medical museums, where the human specimen is shown as an example of a disease, injury or illness. Little consideration is given to the person who was once connected to a broken limb or a 'tuberculous spine'. Join us for an evening discussion where an expert panel will examine how the 'social model' of disability can re-interpret and re-present the human behind the medical condition.

Free event but numbers are limited so booking is required (see below).

BSL Interpreted - please indicate when you book if you need a sign interpreter. Live speech-to-text transcription for deaf and hard of hearing visitors, delivered by STAGETEXT.

Logo of royal eagle and the text Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of SurgeonsWORKSHOP: Friday 11 November, 11am-4pm

What does it mean to be abnormal? Who decides? Do any of us actually feel abnormal? Celebrate your ab/normality! Join artist Ju Gosling aka ju90 to explore these themes further with words and art. All welcome. Bring a packed lunch — other refreshments and all materials will be provided. BSL interpretation and other access provision available on request at the time of booking. Free, but booking essential.

Booking and further details of all events:

Telephone: 020 7869 6560
Text relay: 18001 020 7869 6560
Email: museums@rcseng.ac.uk


Colour photograph of the outside of the Torch, with a sea gull admiring its reflection in the window

Milford Haven

Venue:

Oriel Joanna Field Gallery, Torch Theatre, St Peter's Road, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire SA73 2BU.

Dates:

2 April - 8 May 2011

Free Events:

Artists's talk and Private View 1 April 2011. Contact Torch Theatre for more details.

Workshop 19 April 2011. Contact Torch Theatre for more details.

Contact for more details:

Daniel Shaw on 01646 694192


Colour photograph of the artist sitting in her chair outside of the Bioscience Centre in Newcastle
Photo: Julie Newman

Newcastle

Venue:

Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 4EP.

Dates:

10 January - 26 March 2011

Free Events:

Panel Discussion, ‘Does Society want Science to Understand Disability or Eradicate it?’ 23 March 6-7.30pm. Click here to book.

Workshop, Saturday 26 March. Contact Sheela Joy for more details on (0191) 243 8210, or email Sheela.Joy@life.org.uk

Contact for more details:

(0191) 243 8210, or email Sheela Joy on Sheela.Joy@life.org.uk


Colour photograph of a white coat with 'God' written on the pocket, seen from outside a window.
Photo: Julie Newman

Belfast

Venue:

Arts & Disability Forum, Ground Floor, Cathedral Quarter Workspaces, 109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1FF.

Dates:

14 October - 25 November 2010 (as part of the Belfast Festival and the Outburst Festival).

Events:

Private view and artist's talk

3pm, 14 October 2010. Click here to read Ju's presentation.

Workshop

11am-4pm, 20 October 2010.

Contact for more details:

Leo Devlin, info@adf.ie Tel from UK (028) 9023 9450. Tel from RoI (048) 9023 9450


Colour photograph of the artist on her scooter in front of her white van reflected in the window of Theatre Workshop, with the exhibits Shai, Abnormal 3, Out of the Flesh, Men in White Coats and a text panel all visible through the window, and the turreted Edinburgh building opposite reflected in the glass too. The Theatre Workshop Fringe programme is displayed in the window, along with a sign identifying 'Fringe Venue 20.

Edinburgh Festival

Venue:

Theatre Workshop, 34 Hamilton Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5AX. Tel: 0131 225 7942.

Dates:

15 - 29 August 2009.

Contact for more details:

Kirsty Tough as above, or email ktough@twe.org.uk

Events:

Away from the exhibition venue, Abnormal Edinburgh involved a number of interventions. 'Abnormal' badges and testtubes containing Chinese fortune cookie fortunes (from Shai) were left around town, 'Normal' mirrors were in accessible toilets, and some non-accessible places were stickered with the 'Wheelchair user barred' symbol from Helping the Handicapped. I also engaged in an unplanned intervention with the International Festival concerning disabled people's access to the sole 'participatory' exhibit in their Enlightenments exhibition - click here to read more about my Letter Writing Project

Small colour photograph of the 'Wheelchair user barred' sticker stuck on a kerb. Small colour photograph of some 'Normal' mirrors on top of a toilet cistern.

Many thanks to the following for making my first time at the Festival such a success: all at Theatre Workshop, especially Aaron ('Dr Defender'), Edith, Ray and Kirsty for their help with installing and taking down the show; Christine and Christophe for running the wonderful cafe where part of my work was shown, for looking after the show for me and especially for feeding me so well thoughout the fortnight; Fee for all of her patience with my requests for internet access etc as she ran the Box Office as well as for welcoming my visitors; Annie, Caroline and Ruth for the company; and especially Kirsty for everything she did to help from the moment she invited me to come to Edinburgh. Thanks to to the four wonderful companies who showed work in the theatre as part of the British Council showcase; and to Catriona Taylor whose 'Votive for the Forgotten' installation complemented my work so well; it was an honour to show work alongside you. And a big thank you to Alison McCallum for having my party to stay for the fortnight; for showing us more of Scotland on Sundays; and for providing a haven of peace and comfort away from the Festival. I hope to see you all again one day soon.


Huddersfield

Venue:

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 3SP. Tel: 01484430528 / 01484 425282. Email: boxoffice@lbt-uk.org

Dates:

23 June - 2 August 2009.

Contact for more details: Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 3SP. Tel: 01484430528 / 01484 425282. Email: boxoffice@lbt-uk.org


Colour photograph of a couple reading the fortunes they have won from the Shai exhibit and smiling.
Photo: Julie Newman

Bournemouth

Venue:

Bournemouth Library, 22 The Triangle, Bournemouth BH2 5RQ

Dates:

2 March - 18 April 2009

Events:

Abnormal Conversation Tuesday 10 March 2009 5.30pm onwards. Ju Gosling aka ju90 and Jim Hunter, Deputy Principal of the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, will discuss Ju’s exhibition and perceptions of disability within contemporary arts practice. The conversation will be chaired by Teresa Veith, Director of Holton Lee, with an opportunity for the audience to join in the discussion. * Refreshments and viewing of exhibition from 5.30pm, will be followed by the Abnormal Conversation at 6pm. British Sign Language interpretation available. Click here to read a transcript of the conversation.

Workshop Saturday 4 April 11am–4pm What does it mean to be abnormal? Who decides? Do any of us actually feel abnormal? Celebrate your ab/normality! Join Ju Gosling aka ju90 to explore these themes further with words and art. All welcome, whether disabled, non-disabled, artist or non-artist. Bring a packed lunch — other refreshments and all materials will be provided. BSL interpretation and other access provision available on request at the time of booking – to book interpreter, please book by 13 March. Free, but booking essential.

These events are programmed by Bournemouth Borough Council Libraries and Arts Development in association with AIB and NDACA.

Contact for more details:

Bournemouth Arts Development Team. Email: artsdevelopment@bournemouthlibraries.org.uk


Head and shoulders shot of the artist in front of Abnormal 2 in Liverpool
Photo: Jon Stone

Liverpool (as part of DaDaFest International 08)

Venue:

The Blade Factory, A Foundation, Greenland Street, Liverpool L1 0BY.

Dates:

20 August - 7 September 2008

Events:

Private view 4-7pm, 21 August 2008

Workshop 11am-4pm 27 August 2008

Artist's talk/panel discussion 10am 8 September 2008

Contact for more details:

North West Disability Arts Forum (NWDAF). Email: publicity@nwdaf.co.uk


Colour photograph of people viewing the exhibition in London.
Photo: Julie Newman

London

Venue:

National Institute of Medical Research

Dates:

31 January - 31 March 2008

Private view 3.30pm 31 January 2009


© Ju Gosling aka ju90 2008-2011

Funded by the
wellcome trust

 


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Dr Ju Gosling aka ju90's ABNORMAL: How Britain became body dysphoric and the key to a cure is available now for just 3.09 for the Kindle or in a limited-edition hardback with full colour art plates for 20 inc UK P P. Book cover