Stop where you are and 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 will launch in Durham, at Palace Green Library (Saturday 24 November 2018 to Sunday 17 March 2019) before moving on to the Royal College of Physicians in London (Tuesday 2 April to Saturday 21 September 2019) the Southmead Hospital Bristol and other locations in Bristol (Tuesday 24 February 2019 to Thursday 27 February 2020).

Catch Your Breath will also be touring as a pop-up exhibition in the Autumn of 2019. We’ll be visiting a number of venues around the North East and the wider UK. If you’d like to be notified when and where we will be, please join our mailing list.