What is The Gut?

Makers' Space

The Gut is a space for live research projects, and for sharing skills, opinions and disciplines.

Get your hands dirty, grafting cacti, sewing electrodes, thumbing reading materials and exchanging bacteria.

Different groups will take up residence in The Gut, including King’s College London's Synthetic Anatomy students who will use 3D printers to produce speculative organs, and malady mag, an independent magazine written by and for disabled influencers, artists and activists.

Event listings for the free drop-in sessions and workshops happening throughout Spare Parts will be on our website shortly.

About the contributor(s) 

Caitlin & Misha create artworks that play with culturally relevant, yet sometimes utopic examples of sharing communities, livable ecologies, and the transmutation of waste. They employ traditional drawing, design, and sculptural techniques within a contemporary framework of interactive media and participatory installation. Among other things they create installations, games, and happenings where audience participation is a key component of the work and its message.

Samuel Pitou is a PhD student in the department of informatics and he is working on low-cost textile solutions that would potentially increase healthcare accessibility in the developing countries.

Karina Thompson is a textile artist and embroidery specialist based in Birmingham. She has been involved in the creation of the first embroidered electromyography sensors created in the Centre of Robotics Research at King’s College London.

Gynelle Leon is the founder of PRICK, London's first shop dedicated to cacti and succulents, and author of Prick. Her boutique has been featured in the Evening Standard, the Financial Times, Monocle, i-D and the Huffington Post. She is also an RHS award winning plant photographer.

Daria Belokhvostova is a researcher at the Watt Lab at King’s College London on the Wellcome Trust 'Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine' PhD Programme. Daria works on stem cells in the pituitary gland, in skin and in the liver.

Ella Milburn is the editor of malady mag and producer of the malady mag Residency and Zine. She writes for the Independent, Vice UK, Open Democracy and Responsible Investor.

Kym Oliver is one half of The Triple Cripples, a YouTube show, podcast and platform for Women, Femmes and Non-Binary People of Colour living with disability. As part of the Triple Cripples, Kym gives airtime to the intersections between disability and various aspects of society, including race, gender, sex and relationships, gym/fitness, and the language used around disability.

Jamie Hale is a part-human part-cyborg poet and essayist, narrating the agency and urgency of living a disabled person in the world. With survival dependent on tubes and machines, they explore intimate connections between body, nature, medicine, and the frail biosphere. They have recently performed at venues including the Barbican Centre, Tate Modern, Saboteur Awards and Trans Creative Arts Festival, and have had writing published in Poetry Quarterly, Unite Magazine, and the Guardian. They were one of the 2018 London Writers Awardees for Poetry and their solo poetry show NOT DYING debuts in the Pit at the Barbican.

Lydia Wilkins is a freelance, NCTJ Qualified journalist with bylines in The Independent, Readers Digest, and Debut Careers. She was also previously a columnist for The Mid Sussex Times. Two months shy of her sixteenth birthday in 2015, Lydia was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, which she documents via her blog, mademoisellewomen.com. She specialises in long-form interviews and features.  Her heroes are Sir Harold Evans and Jacqueline Kennedy.