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Catch Your Breath Bristol Launch

Tue 24 September 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST


The Bristol installation of Catch Your Breath is a multi-sensory, interdisciplinary, participatory exploration of breath. This intimate invitation is an opportunity for you to engage with, take part in, and share the exhibition with others.


Catch Your Breath will be at Southmead Hospital from Tuesday 24 September 2019 to Tuesday 31 December 2019. Catch Your Breath can be found in various other locations in Bristol from January 2020 to Thursday 27 February 2020.


View more info about this event and others on our website: https://catchyourbreath.org/event/catch-your-breath-bristol-launch/



  • 6.30pm:Speeches and nibbles.
  • 7.00pm:A guided preview of the exhibition display in the Brunel Building’s beautiful atrium space (until Dec 2019, and then appearing in different forms around the city) together with an opportunity to contribute to a breath related global participatory artwork.
  • 8:00pm: Special performance of The Book of Join the hospital Sanctuary.


About The Book of Jo


The Book of Jo is a new theatre show by Viv Gordon, commissioned by Life of Breath to animate research into Breath and Breathlessness. It explores what happens when life falls apart. How can we maintain hope when the worst happens? And why do bad things happen anyway? A woman faced with a rare and random terminal diagnosis sits in the debris of her life contemplating meaning and social justice with the dubious help of the Old Testament story The Book of Job.


About Viv

Viv Gordon is a theatre maker and arts activist producing feisty work about mental health and trauma based on her lived experience. Read more about Viv at her website: www.vivgordon.com


About Catch Your Breath

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.


Travel information

There are many methods of transportation available to get you to Southmead Hospital. Please visit the Southmead Hospital travel information page for further details.


Tue 24 September 2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST
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