The Touch Commission

About

Part of our Bury Park residency, the Touch Commission was a major co-commission with Wellcome Collection — an organisation that uses science and art to challenge how we think and feel about health — that aimed to explore the theme of touch through arts and creativity.

As part of the study, Revoluton Arts and Wellcome Collection co-commissioned award-winning playwright and actor, Sudha Bhuchar, to explore the theme of touch with people in Bury Park through arts and creativity and create her own work in response.

Sudha will presented the final results of her work at a live online event in October 2020.

The results of Wellcome Collection's study into touch were explored in a BBC Radio 4 series, The Anatomy of Touch, in October 2020.

Sudha Bhuchar, Touch Commission recipient

The story

Starting in early 2020, Touch Commission recipient Sudha Bhuchar worked in Bury Park exploring the theme of touch with the people who live and work there.

Through a series of workshops and engagement activities, Sudha recorded personal stories and self-portraits relating to the theme of touch.

Sudha used the material she gathered to inspire a series of creative works, including a crowd-sourced film and original monologues.

Sudha documented her experience through a series of blog posts (you can read them on this page under 'connected blog').

Touchstone Tales 1

An evening of monologues, short film and conversation inspired by stories of 'touch' from Bury Park, performed live at an online event on 26 June 2020.

Touchstone Tales 2

The second instalment in this series of intensely personal monologues based on real-life stories from Luton's Bury Park.

Ramadan in Lockdown Luton

Crowdsourced film compiled from video footage submitted by people in Luton observing Ramadan in lockdown conditions, and telling the story through the lens of ‘touch’.

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Touchstone Tales 2: Bury Park tales

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Touchstone Tales monologues

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Ramadan in Lockdown Luton film

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Evening Conversations

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Touchstone Tales — From fragments to fiction

Posted on: Jul 20, 2020

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Touchstone Tales — Pink Diamond Girls

Posted on: Jun 09, 2020

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Stories of Ramadan in lockdown

Posted on: May 20, 2020

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Help us tell the story of Ramadan in lockdown in Luton through the lens of 'touch' — callout for videos

Posted on: May 06, 2020

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Touchstone Tales — ‘Ramadan in Lockdown Luton’

Posted on: May 06, 2020

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Exploring 'touch' online workshops - callout for participants in Bury Park

Posted on: Apr 28, 2020

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Touchstone Tales — Setting the Scene

Posted on: Mar 27, 2020

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Touchstone Tales — Bookclub Banter

Posted on: Apr 17, 2020

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