Catch Your Breath Exhibition 2018-2020

Catch Your Breath has now finished its tour. The pop-up exhibition may still be available for loan – contact us if you are interested.

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) before moving on to the Royal College of Physicians in London (2 April – 21 September 2019), Southmead Hospital Bristol (24 September 2019 – 1 January 2020) and Bristol Central Library (10 January – 27 February 2020). Catch Your Breath also toured as a pop-up exhibition in the Autumn of 2019.