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Artist’s talk – Lindsay Seers

Saturday 15 February 2020

Artist Lindsay Seers and George Vasey, Curator at Wellcome Collection, discuss Seers’ installation Care(less). The work uses the hallucinatory quality of VR technology to convey an embodied experience of what it is to be in an ageing body.

In dissecting the infrastructures that are failing those needing to be cared for, the work is informed by case studies of individuals in the care system conducted in relation to academic and community research funded by the Wellcome Trust. The evolution of this innovative work and its intentions are discussed by Seers and Vasey, who recently co-curated Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery: Misbehaving Bodies at The Wellcome Collection (30 May 2019 – 26 January 2020) an exhibition exploring the representation of ageing and illness.   

Prior to the talk, audience members are encouraged to visit the exhibition, which opens on Saturday 15 February, 11am. Please note this experience lasts for 20 minutes and has limited capacity.

Please book online or call Ikon Shop on 0121 248 0711. Online booking closes at 5pm on Saturday 15 February 2020.


Lindsay Seers works in London and lives on the Isle of Sheppey. She has shown her large scale works internationally at a number of museums and art centres including Matt’s Gallery,UK; SMK (National Gallery of Denmark); Venice Biennale; Hayward Gallery, UK; MONA, Tasmania; Bonniers Konsthall, Sweden; Kiasma, Finland; Turner Contemporary, UK; Tate Britain and Tate Modern, UK, TPW, Canada, Fotogalleriet; Norway; Centre for Contemporary Art, Poland and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

George Vasey, Curator at Wellcome Collection, is currently working on an exhibition on the theme of happiness due to open in Spring 2020. He was previously curator at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, 2014-2017 and co-curator of Turner Prize 2017 at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. He has worked at public institutions across the UK in curatorial and educational capacities. His recent writing has been published in Art Monthly, Frieze and Burlington Contemporary.

Dr. Denise Tanner, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham, will introduce the event. Denise is Research Lead for Solihull site of the Older People: Care and Self-funding Experiences (OPCARE) project.

Care(less) is an OPCARE artist commission responding to new research by the University of BirminghamUniversity of Brighton and University of Lincoln, supported by the Wellcome Trust Enrichment Fund, into the experiences of older people receiving care they pay for themselves. The installation is part of an ongoing exploration around the ethics of care in partnership with Fabrica gallery, Brighton and Frequency Festival.