Slate Residency & Workshop: Who Wants To Live Forever? Tate Liverpool, 30 Sept - 4 Oct

Tate Liverpool 
Mon 30 Sept - Fri 4 Oct
10am - 5pm

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 Tate Liverpool 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.

Slate Enabler Saphena Aziz will lead storytelling sessions on the themes of remembrance and legacy in the gallery and on Fri 4 Oct, join artist Faith Bebbington and contribute to the Immortal Cell textile artwork. 

Slate is an Eclipse Theatre movement that supports Black* artists in the North to work locally, nationally and internationally, building sustainable models for careers in the independent sector.

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

To Eclipse, Black includes anyone who is marginalised for their race or ethnicity.

Slate Residency & Workshop: Who Wants To Live Forever? Tate Liverpool, 30 Sept - 4 Oct