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Life of Breath Fun Palace

Sat 5 Oct 2019 @ 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM


Fun Palaces is a weekend long (5-6 October 2019) campaign to promote culture at the heart of community. Fun Palaces will be hosted in many locations, such as libraries, public parks, shopping malls, schools, swimming pools, and town squares.

The Life of Breath Fun Palace will take place at Barton Hill Settlement, Bristol, in the afternoon on Saturday 5 October 2019. This event will consist of two drop-in workshops: Living Anatomy (1.15pm-2.45pm, Room 5) and Letters to my Breath (1.15pm-3.15pm, Room 2). These workshops are free and you can drop-in any time while they are running.


Living Anatomy @ 1.15pm-2.45pm (Room 5): Join Catherine Lamont and medical student Joshua Grover to explore the magical inner-working of our bodies through art, movement, and sound. All ages and abilities are welcome!

Letters to my Breath @ 1.15pm-3.15pm (Room 2): Elspeth Penny – with her letter-writing rack, unusual pens, home-made inks, and inspiration – and Life of Breath Researcher Dr Alice Malpass will guide you to create a letter to your breath. For all the family.


About Catherine

Catherine Lamont is a freelance artist/educator with a particular interest in multi-sensory and participatory engagement. She is an honorary lecturer in Social and Community Medicine at Bristol Medical School and works across patient/clinician and community groups in her teaching, workshops and curation. Catherine has a particular interest in supporting positive embodiment through creative enquiry and has been collaborating with the Catch Your Breath team since 2019.


About Elspeth

Elspeth Penny (MA Cantab, MA UEA) is a writer, director, and arts and health specialist with the Life of Breath project. She is a writer, director and creative producer for Arts Council funded play Silva Lining’s Care Plan trailer. Elspeth runs workshops for Durham University and the University of Bristol Life of Breath project, Nailsea Town Council, West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL), and EHCAP. She loves handwriting, letters, teaching creativity, wilderness, and dance.



About Alice

Alice Malpass is a mid-career NIHR research fellow at Bristol Medical School. Her research focusing on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for a range of health issues, including people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. Alice uses a variety of qualitative methods (cognitive interviewing, in-depth interviews, and ethnographic observation) found in anthropology. Within the Life of Breath project, she uses cognitive interviews to explore the ways people living with respiratory conditions interpret questions differently on respiratory questionnaires, as well as the application of questionnaires and lung functions tests in clinical settings. Since 2016, Alice has collaborated with Elspeth Penny on an arts and health project where participants are invited to write a letter to their breath.


Barton Hill Settlement
43 Ducie Road
Barton Hill, Bristol BS5 0AX United Kingdom
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0117 955 6971