A space for the sharing and exchange of thoughts, ideas, reactions, questions, feelings and observations in response to the Fun With Cancer Patients exhibition in mac birmingham’s Arena Gallery 7 September – 6 October 2013. [hupso_hide]

Exhibition Details

Fun with Cancer Patients
 Artist Brian Lobel’s Fun With Cancer Patients uses art to challenge some of the taboos around cancer. Working with local teenagers who are experiencing, or have experienced, cancer, Brian Lobel has generated a number of ‘creative happenings’. The exhibition documents these happenings and the fun that was had in the process.

Upcoming Workshops

Saturday Octobert 5th | Fierce Weekend Workshops @ “Fun with Cancer Patients” Exhibition

Saturday 5th October – 11:00-15:30 Wordweave, drop-in event 

Wordsmith Jess Boulton invites everyone to share with her their thoughts and feelings about the Fun With Cancer Patients exhibition – in just one word or short sentence. These will be displayed in the exhibition, throughout the day, later to be made into a poem by Jess and published on line. A drop-in event, suitable for all ages.

13:00 – 15:00 Photo Event

Take a digital camera around the exhibition and capture what you see. Using your photos talk with researchers from the University of Warwick and explore with them your feelings about the Fun with Cancer Patients exhibition. The Fun With Cancer Patients photo-event is suitable for all ages, but parental guidance might be necessary for young children. The event is designed to last approx 30 mins. | Cameras provided.

This workshop is free to attend. Please go to the mac sales and info desk on 6.30pm on the day. Suitable for 16 +


The Research Hub

In the Research Hub visitors to the exhibition can say, write, draw or express in any other way they wish, their responses to Fun With Cancer Patients. Comments can made privately or publicly and all will be anonymised. The Research Hub forms part of a wider project on researching live art led by Dr Cath Lambert from the University of Warwick. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The research explores the social, cultural, political, and emotional value of art to individuals and communities, using a variety of methods and approaches.

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The Researchers
  • Catherine Lambert Dr Cath Lambert is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Warwick.  She works in the areas of gender/sexuality, sociology of education and live art. She has published on teacher identities, students’ political engagement, educational space and participatory art. Her work focuses on the generation and critical exploration of alternative spaces and times for the production of knowledge, both inside and beyond formal educational institutions. She has an interest in the development of ‘sensory’ methodologies that might help us to understand how knowledge is lived, felt and experienced in embodied ways. Cath works closely with Fierce Festival. Prior to working with Brian Lobel on Fun With Cancer Patients, she has carried out research with other Fierce artists and is involved in a project to create a Fierce archive, also exhibiting at Fierce 2013. She is a member of Fierce’s Board of Directors.

  • Anna DouglasAnna Douglas has a varied career as an independent curator of exhibitions, projects and conferences exploring film, photography, sound and performance; has produced international design and architectural projects; and has authored a range of publications including Life Less Ordinary: performance and display in South African Art, as well as editing a book series with artists Lucy and Jorge Orta, Public Works, and Richard Woods, exploring contemporary socially engaged and public art practices.

    In 2009, she was the invited artistic director of Shift Time 09 – an international festival that celebrated the bi-centenary of Charles Darwin’s birth. Her latest exhibition: Saturday Night Sunday Morning: The Authentic Moment in British Photography, at the Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, focused on the representation of working class culture in 1950s fiction and documentary.

    Throughout her career she has taken a keen interest in alternative forms of research and knowledge production, with a commitment to action learning. She is currently  interested in how we narrate our memories, particular with regard to place and identity, and is learning about  methods of Oral History.


  • Keir WilliamsKeir Williams is a researcher and artist currently in the final year of a PhD on interactive design for children with special educational needs at Queen Mary University, London. His research interests include the use of qualitative and participatory design research methods with young people with  special educational needs to produce creative, digital resources. His research and arts practice incorporate performance and play as a means to create participatory structures and spaces for learning, creativity and play.


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