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Catch Your Breath @ Middlesbrough Library

Mon 9 Dec 2019 - Fri 13 Dec 2019


Date: Monday 9 December – Friday 13 December 2019

Location: Middlesbrough Central Library, Victoria Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AY


Breathing isn’t just a bodily function. It allows us to speak, laugh, and sing. It connects us to the outside world. It reflects our state of mind and can be consciously controlled. Breath has inspired art and literature. For many, it has a spiritual significance. The personal and cultural meaning of breath goes beyond the simple act of keeping us alive. 

Catch Your Breath explores the Life of Breath research project, jointly led by Durham University and the University of Bristol. Bringing together medical history, philosophy, art, music, and literature, the exhibition discovers new ways of thinking about breath and breathlessness and their relationship to both illness and wellbeing. 

This pop-up exhibition will be on display at this location from Monday 2 December until Monday 9 December 2019. This exhibition is free, so there’s no need to book!

Poet Christy Ducker will hold a writing workshop inspired by one of our most fundamental bodily functions: breath. Please check back soon for more details and to find out how to book.


Middlesbrough Central Library opening times

  • Monday: 9.30am-7.00pm
  • Tuesday: 9.30am-7.00pm
  • Wednesday: 9.30am-5.00pm
  • Thursday: 9.30am-7.00pm
  • Friday: 9.30am-5.00pm
  • Saturday: 9.30am-5.00pm
  • Sunday: closed


Life of Breath


Middlesbrough Central Library
Victoria Square
Middlesbrough, TS1 2AY
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01642 729001