Take a deep breath – how does it feel? What does it make you think? How many breaths have you taken today without even noticing?
Everyone breathes. From a baby’s first cries to a dying gasp, breath is an ever-present companion on the journey through life. Breathing isn’t just a biological process. It enables us to communicate, to speak, to create music. It can have deep cultural and spiritual meaning. It can be a marker of both health and illness. Through objects, visual, sound, interactive materials and event, this exhibition will tell the story of how our relationship with and understanding of the breath has developed over time, from ancient philosophers who equated breath with life itself to the latest advances in medicine.
The exhibition launched in Durham, at Palace Green Library (24 November 2018 – 17 March 2019), and has moved on to the Royal College of Physicians in London (2 April – 20 September 2019). Catch Your Breath will move to Southmead Hospital Bristol on Tuesday 24 September 2019 until 31 December 2019. A pop-up version of the exhibition will be displayed at various locations in the North East from Autumn 2019, and will then be transported to Bristol from January 2020.