Room For Improvement

10–16 December 2018 - Stretch yourself physically, mentally and creatively in our Room for Improvement, explore the world of wellbeing and enjoy the unique opportunity to exercise in the art gallery.

The University of Liverpool’s North West Cancer Research Centre and Institute of Translational Medicine have teamed up with Pilates for Life, Sunflowers Cancer Support Centre, NHS Liverpool CCG and artists Richard Meaghan and Fiona Torrance to produce this unique project, inspired by the work of Fernand Leger: New Times, New Pleasures.

Room for Improvement will take place at Tate Exchange Liverpool 10 – 16 December 2018. It is a welcoming and calm space for visitors to explore how to use learning, art and movement as powerful tools for self-care and take the opportunity to exercise in this novel and engaging setting.  

See the full programme of events and book your free place here.

The concept for this installation comes from the Joseph Pilates quote, “Change happens through movement, and movement heals.” Pilates is a fitness regime developed in the 1930’s by Joseph Pilates, whose interest was in helping injured athletes return to optimum health as quickly as possible. Originally called Contrology, Pilates uses a scientific approach to exercise and it is the perfect fitness method for anyone recovering from illness or living with a long-term condition.

This project was inspired by the work of Fernand Leger who was painting at a time when Joseph Pilates was starting to develop his exercise regime. Like Leger, Pilates took inspiration from the technology of their day. Both viewed the body as a machine, whichmust be maintained throughout life for optimum performance.

The key principles of the Pilates method: Engagement, Breathing, Control, Concentration, Precision and Balance, apply equally to perfecting technical excellence in Pilates as in art.

The collaborating partners will run a programme of open public activities, classes and events in the Room for Improvement throughout the week giving visitors the opportunity to:

Learn

  • about how cancer and long-term conditions affect individuals and communities in Liverpool.
  • about how research at the University of Liverpool is helping to improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer and long-term conditions
  • how adopting techniques of self-care can increase your mental and physical wellbeing and reduce your risk of illness.
  • how to measure your own wellbeing and find ways to improve and maintain it

Experience

  • the positive influence of learning, movement and art on mood, health and wellbeing
  • the healing and restorative benefits of exercise and creativity
  • the enjoyment of exercising in an art gallery

Interact

  • by trying out a new activity
  • by sharing your stories with us

Programme of events

 

Day Time Activity Details
Monday 10 December  11am-12pm

Pilates

A 55-minute Pilates class delivered in our very own pop up Pilartes Studio. Open to all, beginners welcome. 

Booking essential register here

 

Monday 10 December  12-1pm

Body Machinery

Artist Richard Meaghan presents a session looking at relationships between machinery and the human body in Fernand Leger’s work and beyond.
Book here  or drop-in on the day 

 

Monday 10 December  1-2pm

Research Insight –Tissue Journeys

Today there’s a rigid body of ethics and regulation governing the use of human tissue in medical research. Meet researchers who work at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Translational Medicine to learn about how patient samples are stored and used to help us design better treatments for patients of the future
Drop-in session 
Monday 10 December  2-3pm

Mind Full or Mindful?

Join Stuart Speeden of Yogasense to find out more about how you can use techniques of mindfulness to help manage pain and anxiety and improve your health and wellbeing. 
Book here  or drop-in on the day

 

Monday 10 December  1-4pm

Wellbeing Checks

Staff and volunteers from Sunflowers / Liverpool CCG will be offering visitors the opportunity to measure their own wellbeing and signposting visitors to local wellbeing services.
Drop-in session

Tuesday 11 December

11am-12pm

Pilates 

Repeat session – see details above.

Booking essential register here
Tuesday 11 December 1-2.30pm

Can’t Draw,  Won’t Draw

Richard Meaghan hosts a gallery tour and discussion around the therapeutic potential of viewing art as opposed to creating it. 

Booking essential register here
Tuesday 11 December 1-3pm

Wellbeing Checks

Repeat session – see details above.

Drop-in session
Wednesday 12 December 11am-1pm Research Insight- Cellular Journeys

When cancer spreads it is likely to become more difficult to treat. Ocular Oncology researchers from the University of Liverpool explain how cancer moves through the body and give insight into the research they are doing to understand and prevent that process. 

Drop-in session
Wednesday 12 December 11am-2pm Wellbeing Checks

Repeat session – see details above.

Drop-in session
Wednesday 12 December  2.30pm Pilates 

Repeat session – see details above.

Booking essential register here
Thursday 13 December 11am Pilates 

Repeat session – see details above.

Booking essential register here
Thursday 13 December 12-4pm Wellbeing Checks

Repeat session – see details above.

Drop-in session

 

Thursday 13 December 1-4pm Meet the Patients – Share Your Story

Medical research thrives when there’s a two-way conversation between the scientists and the patients. Researchers from Liverpool University invite local cancer patients and survivors,or people living with long term conditions, to share with us your experiences, with a view to helping us understand fully the impact of cancer, and long-term conditions, on people in our own communities. 

Drop-in session

 

Friday 14 December 11am-12pm Pilates 

Repeat session – see details above.

Booking essential register here
Friday 14 December 1-3pm Capturing Movement

A two-hour interactive workshop led by artist Richard Meaghan where you’ll learn how to capture movement in your drawing and painting. 

Booking essential register here
Saturday 15 December 11am-1pm

Wellbeing Checks

Repeat session – see details above. 
Drop-in session 
Saturday 15 December  11am-1pm 

Meet the Patients – Share Your Story

See details above 
Drop-in session 
Saturday 15 December  1-2pm 

Family Stretches

Join Emma from Pilates for Life in our Pop Up Pilates Studio for a fun 55 minute Pilates based stretching class for the whole family. 
Book here or drop-in on the day 
Saturday 15 December  2.30-3.30pm 

Using Art as Tool for Self-Care

Artist Richard Meaghan hosts an open discussion about the impact of art on health and wellbeing. 

Book here or drop-in on the day
Sunday 16 December  1.30-2.30pm

Sounds of Stillness

A chance to find out more about the magical lyre, and the influence of sounds on our wellbeing, with Fiona Torrance of Tuneful Tones 
Book here or drop-in on the day 
Sunday 16 December 3-4pm

Stretches for Sleep

A delightful 55 minute Pilates based exercise workshop designed to help aid restful sleep. We will be relaxing and stretching to the beautiful sounds of the lyre, played live.
Booking essential register here

 

For more information please contact:
Emma Squibb, Engagement Project Manager, Institute of Translational Medicine at esquibb@liverpool.ac.uk or 0151 794 7749. 

A chance to find out more about the magical lyre, and the influence of sounds on our wellbeing, with Fiona Torrance of Tuneful Tones