28 October - 29 October Becoming Blood - Halloween Weekender

Overview: What lies inside?

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October | Copeland Gallery, Safehouses 1 & 2 and Station Barbers Peckham

Science Gallery London presents Becoming Blood, an alternative Halloween weekender of free events, interactive installations and experiences around Peckham exploring the vital fluid inside us all.

Art works include interactive installation Acid Yellow 7 from artist Beatrice Haines in collaboration with King’s College London forensic scientists, the Blood Bikers, a roving performance team gathering stories about blood from Londoners, a historical reckoning with a cream tea from Aboriginal artist S.J Norman, and installations from Interaction Design students at London College of Communication. Artist jamie lewis hadley brings his Blood on the Streets performance to a local barber shop to explore the history of blood donation and bloodletting,and Lynn Lu, in collaboration with neuroscientists, invites you to look inside your blood and think about what else it reveals.

Becoming Blood takes place across multiple sites including the Safehouses – two Victorian terraced houses that sit adjacent to Copeland Park, the Copeland Gallery, and a barber shop next to Peckham Rye station.

Find out more about the events by following the links to the events pages below:

Some performances will need tickets to experience but all places are free. Links to book are on the individual event pages.


  • Copeland Gallery, Unit 9I, 133 Copeland Rd, London SE15 3SN [Google Maps] | Open 10am-6pm both days
  • Safehouse 1 & 2, 137 & 139 Copeland Road, Peckham, SE15 3SN [Google maps] | Saturday: 2-10pm / Sunday: 2-7pm
  • Station Barbers Peckham (for Blood on the Streets by jamie lewis hadley), 8-10 Blenheim Grove, Peckham, SE15 4QL [Google maps] | 7:30pm start (Saturday 28 October only)






Stay up to date with what’s happening over the weekend by following Science Gallery London on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @ SciGalleryLon

With thanks to: Dr Manasi Nandi, Professor Carmine Pariante, Natalie Mounter, Colin Brown, Dr Nunzianda Frascione, James Gooch, Dr Linda Barber, Dr Isabel Valli, and Tim Maggs from King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.

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The Artist: Izabela Zolcinska

Izabela Zolcinska is interested in sensory perception and extended corporeality, particularly relations between body and its protection like garment or architecture. Her interdisciplinary work explores cognitive science, technology, “corporeality”, anatomy, architecture and hydrology. Both capillarity and liquidity feature in her artworks including The Wall of Warmth, Biophilia, The Bodies of Rivers and Glomma.


The Artist: Beatrice Haines

Beatrice Haines (b. 1986, London) graduated with an MA in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art in 2010. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, completed residencies at Marlborough College, University of Abertay’s forensics lab, Centrespace and Griffin Gallery. Listed in Artlyst’s ‘top 10 artists under 30’, Haines is a Print Fellow at the Royal Academy of Arts. Winner of Anthology Art Prize, RBS Bursary award, the Mann and Daler Rowney drawing prizes, she continues to create artwork of a multi-disciplinary nature. Haines co-founded artists collective ‘Rented by the Hour’, striving to exhibit outside white wall gallery spaces.

The Artist: SJ Norman

SJ Norman is a cross-disciplinary artist and writer. Their work traverses performance, installation, sculpture, text, video and sound. Live performance remains the core of their practice: working with extended duration, task-based, and endurance practices, as well as intimate/one-to-one frameworks, Norman’s primary medium is the body: the body as a spectacle of truth and a theatre of fantasy; a siphon of personal and collective memory; an organism with which we are infinitely familiar and eternally estranged; a site which is equally loaded and empty of meaning, where histories, narratives, desires and discourses converge and collapse.

Based between regional Australia, Berlin and the United Kingdom, they have presented their work at Venice International Performance, Week (IT), Tate Modern (UK), Spill Festival of Live Art (UK), Fierce Festival (UK), In Between Time (UK), Arnolfini (UK), Performance Space, Sydney (AU), Next Wave (AU) and the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AU), Edinburgh Festival (UK) and Brisbane International Festival (AU), and Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art (AU), and Melbourne Festival (AU) to name a few. They are a proud Indigenous person of Wiradjuri, Wonnarua and British heritage.

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