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Artist taking the Lead | Unlimited | Legacy Trust UK

Legacy Trust UK - Human Race: inside the science of sports medicine


The launch of Human Race will take place over 48 hours at Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB on 23 – 24th July 2010.

The ‘open day’ part of the launch will be featured on the LOCOG Open Weekend website on Saturday 24th July from 10am – 4pm at Inspace. It will be open to the general public to come along and discover some of the latest research in bioinformatics and the impact of this on sport and sports medicine.

Human Race will investigate and explore the history, culture and science of sport and exercise. The key element of this project is a Scotland-wide, year-long programme of educational events, exhibitions, talks and workshops. These will be accompanied by an on-line interactive exhibition website, an exhibition guide and a companion publication.

An integral part of the exhibition is the inclusion of new commissioned art works, performance pieces and writing, linking the human body in sport, with particular emphasis on the Scottish experience. It is intended to bring together Scottish Olympians, Paralympians and world champions, past and present, with the artists, to discuss aspects of their own sports and Olympic / Paralympic experiences.

A key part of the project will be an extensive Outreach and Learning programme, which will improve knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. There will be a specific programme of talks, films, workshops, on-line debates and quizzes and competitions directed at a younger audience (14-25 years).

The exhibition will have themed sections which will allow it to be exhibited as a whole at two major venues in Scotland and toured in parts to 6 regions. The touring exhibition will use museum and gallery spaces as well as non-traditional display venues such as shopping malls and sports centres. Objects, images and film, drawn from Scottish collections or featuring Scottish competitors, spectators, inventors and designers will be shown. Many of the objects, images and film footage will never have been on public display before.

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