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The Beauty Sensorium Workshops

  • Free
  • Workshop
  • Audio described
Photograph of a gallery visitor leaning over and smelling a large glass vessel within an installation. At the centre is multi-levelled podium covered in ornate coloured tiles. Suspended above are organically shaped glass vessels containing coloured liquid and natural substances. The wall behind in covered in renaissance images. The whole scene is dark but warmly lit.
Beauty Sensorium, 2023, Renaissance Goo x Baum & Leahy. Gallery Photo: Benjamin Gilbert. Source: Commissioned by Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Travel back in time to look, feel and smell the tree gum, rose, musk and other natural ingredients used in the cosmetic recipes of Renaissance Italy. Join artist duo Baum & Leahy for an immersive tour of their collaborative multisensory installation ‘Beauty Sensorium’, which features in ‘The Cult of Beauty’ exhibition.

You will then head up to our Studio for a short presentation and video. This will be followed by a relaxed time-travelling meditation to engage your imagination.

Taking inspiration from the installation, which includes five types of ‘Renaissance Goo’, you will then have the chance to recreate your own scented goos in a hands-on workshop.

We’ll be meeting in the Atrium on Level 0.

Please note that none of the recipes we’ll be making are vegan, as they contain beeswax and eggs.

​​We have staff trained in audio description (AD) who will provide dedicated support during the event. Alongside this, we can arrange AD tours of the event spaces in advance of the event. If you require audio description, please book a space. This is so we can make sure we have enough staff to provide the right support for you.

Dates

Events

Thursday 14 March 2024

  • Workshop
The Beauty Sensorium Workshops
The Studio
Travel back in time to look, feel and smell the natural ingredients used in the cosmetic recipes of Renaissance Italy.

Tickets via Eventbrite

  • Audio described

  • Workshop
The Beauty Sensorium Workshops
The Studio
Travel back in time to look, feel and smell the natural ingredients used in the cosmetic recipes of Renaissance Italy.

Tickets via Eventbrite

  • Audio described

Friday 15 March 2024

  • Workshop
The Beauty Sensorium Workshops
The Studio
Travel back in time to look, feel and smell the natural ingredients used in the cosmetic recipes of Renaissance Italy.

Tickets via Eventbrite

  • Audio described

Saturday 16 March 2024

  • Workshop
The Beauty Sensorium Workshops
The Studio
Travel back in time to look, feel and smell the natural ingredients used in the cosmetic recipes of Renaissance Italy.

Tickets via Eventbrite

  • Audio described

  • Workshop
The Beauty Sensorium Workshops
The Studio
Travel back in time to look, feel and smell the natural ingredients used in the cosmetic recipes of Renaissance Italy.

Tickets via Eventbrite

  • Audio described

Need to know

Location

We’ll be in the Studio on level 1. When you enter Wellcome Collection, head up the stairs or take the lift, then follow the signs.

Place not guaranteed

Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee you a place. You should aim to arrive 15 minutes before the event is scheduled to start to claim your place. If you do not arrive on time, your place may be given to someone on the waiting list.

Audio described

Key visual elements referred to during this event will be described.

For more information, please visit our Accessibility page. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 0 2 0. 7 6 1 1. 2 2 2 2

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About your artist

Baum & Leahy

Baum & Leahy (Amanda Baum and Rose Leahy) is an award-winning international studio exploring biophilic, collaboratively driven artistic creation through interactive installation, art direction, scenography and experience design. Collaborating with experts across disciplines, from microbiologists to musicians, quantum computer scientists to architects, dancers and creative technologists, they open up, question and sensorialise scientific research into tactile, participatory experiences.