James Peto is the Project Director of the collections gallery at the Wellcome Collection where the vast collection of objects, archives and artworks was largely assembled by Sir Henry Wellcome and his agents between 1890 and 1936 to facilitate a better understanding of the "art and science of healing throughout the ages”. The ways in which the collections were acquired, and the stories they have been used to tell, reflect power structures, beliefs and values to which Wellcome Collection does not ascribe in 2021. How should it tackle the inequities inherent in its collections and build a gallery that can help make them relevant and relatable today?
After working on public art projects on Tyneside, and exhibitions at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, James became Curator and then Head of Exhibitions at the Design Museum. In 2005 he joined Wellcome Collection to establish and lead its temporary exhibition programme. He is currently working on a new gallery for Wellcome’s collections.
There will be an opportunity to ask James questions at this session.
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