Tate Liverpool Workshop

Who Wants to Live Forever? with the University of Liverpool

Who Wants to Live Forever? in Tate Exchange

Who Wants to Live Forever? tells the incredible story of Henrietta Lacks through art, science, storytelling and documentation

Henrietta Lacks was an African American woman who died of an aggressive form of cancer on 4 October 1951. While she underwent treatment, a sample of her cancer cells was taken without her consent. Following Henrietta's death, discoveries made using her cells changed medical research forever. Known as HeLa, the cells have allowed scientists to make significant breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer, polio, HIV and many other diseases. It has also started a long and ongoing conversation about patient consent and medical ethics.

This residency highlights and celebrates Henrietta’s incredible legacy. Visitors can enjoy art by both artists and scientists inspired by her story, meet scientists from the University of Liverpool and have the unique opportunity to view the HeLa cells under the microscope.

Eclipse, one of the foremost Black-led production companies in the UK, will lead storytelling sessions in the gallery and on Friday 4 October, join artist Faith Bebbington and contribute to the Immortal Cell textile artwork.

The programme is hosted by North West Cancer Research Centre based at the University of Liverpool in partnership with Eclipse and Liverpool-based artist Faith Bebbington.

Tate Liverpool

Tate Exchange Liverpool

Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Liverpool L3 4BB
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30 September – 6 October 2019

On Monday 30 September Tate Exchange opens at 13.00