The Touch Commission

About

Part of our Bury Park residency, the Touch Commission is a project exploring attitudes to touch through arts and creativity

It is part of a new study on touch by Wellcome Collection – an organisation that uses science and art to challenge how we think and feel about health – that aims 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 study Revoluton Arts and Wellcome Collection have 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 present the final results of her work at a live creative event in Bury Park in autumn 2020.

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

Sudha Bhuchar, Touch Commission recipient

The story so far

Since early 2020, Touch Commission recipient Sudha Bhuchar has been working 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 has recorded personal stories and self-portraits relating to the theme of touch.

Sudha is using the material she has gathered to inspire a series of creative works.

So far, the project has inspired blog posts (you can read them on this page under 'connected blog'), a short film (below) and a series of monologues.

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.

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-inspired tales of life, love and loss

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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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