Revoluton Arts collaborating with Wellcome Collection and BBC Radio 4 to explore attitudes towards touch

Jan 21, 2020

Revoluton Arts is excited to announce a collaboration with Wellcome Collection (an organisation that uses science and art to challenge how we think and feel about health), Goldsmiths, University of London and BBC Radio 4.

Revoluton Arts is working with Wellcome Collection as part of Wellcome Collection's research into national attitudes towards touch. The project seeks to understand the similarities and differences in our experiences of touch, with the aim of increasing our understanding of its role in health and wellbeing.

As part of the project, Revoluton has co-commissioned award-winning writer and performer Sudha Bhuchar, to use art and creativity to explore touch with communities around Bury Park.

The new study will explore issues such as:

  • How our attitudes towards touch and the nature of our relationships with others vary by age, gender, nationality.
  • How the interpersonal touch we experience relates to our health and wellbeing.
  • How touch might relate to empathy, loneliness or the size of our social networks.
  • Which materials or textures? we like or hate to touch.
  • When we consider touch from others to be appropriate or inappropriate.
  • Attitudes towards touch during a doctor’s consultation or in therapy.
  • Whether contemporary society allows us to get enough touch or leaves us wanting more.

The Touch Test will be launched in a special programme, hosted by All in the Mind presenter Claudia Hammond, starting at 9am on Tuesday 21 January 2020 on BBC Radio 4.

The results of the study are set to be explored in a new series on BBC Radio 4, The Anatomy of Touch, in September 2020.

Get involved

Share your attitudes towards touch

The Touch Test is an online questionnaire developed by researchers at Goldsmiths, University of London.

It takes between 15 and 40 minutes to complete depending on the choices made.

Take the survey

Be part of the Bury Park project

Revoluton Arts has co-commissioned Sudha Bhuchar to use using art and creativity to explore attitudes to touch with people in Bury Park.

Sudha Bhuchar is an award-winning actor, playwright and artistic director of Bhuchar Boulevard. She is co-founder of Tamasha Theatre Company, where she served as co-artistic director for 26 years.

Do you live or work in Bury Park?

Would you like to be involved with a creative project exploring the theme of touch?

Register your interest

Part of a community group?

Are you a community group in Bury Park that would like to get involved with a creative project exploring the theme of touch?

Contact imrana@revolutonarts.com

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