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Getting Started with Creative Research

  • Free
  • Seminar
  • British Sign Language
  • Captioned (online)

In this recording you’ll meet three different artists who will share how they got started with creative research at Wellcome Collection. The event is facilitated by Sophie Schneider from Wellcome Collection’s Research and Development team. 

You’ll learn about each artist’s career, and their experiences navigating the online collections and in-person spaces at Wellcome Collection. They will talk about how they have used our archives and collections to both inspire and challenge their research. They will also share examples of their work, from digital animations and illustrations to experimental writing and filmmaking.

There’ll then be a Q&A. Wellcome Collection’s Research Development Specialist, Elma Brenner, who focuses on developing early career researchers, will also join the Q&A.

This online-only event took place on Wellcome Collection’s YouTube channel.



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British Sign Language

This event is British Sign Language interpreted. An interpreter will be embedded in the event stream/visible to all attendees and will interpret what is discussed into BSL for d/Deaf, hard of hearing and deafened attendees.

Captioned (online)

The online event will have live captions, which may be useful for people who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, deafened or neurodiverse. The captions will be embedded in the event video window online. Ticketholders for the livestream will also receive a link to view the captions in a separate window.

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About your contributors

Photograph of artist Myrto Farmaki

Myrto Farmaki


Myrto Farmaki is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker whose work addresses ideas of transhistorical and intergenerational trauma. Myrto undertook a six-month placement with the Research Development team at Wellcome Collection in 2021, where she developed a project called ‘Shaping Narratives’. ‘Shaping Narratives’ looks at the Medical Women’s Federation archives and encourages us to think about how the archival and fragmentary relate to each other.

Photograph of artist Clara Searle

Clara Searle


Clara Searle has a background in communication design, and her art practice explores identity and everyday living through illustration, painting and reflective writing. Clara is a PhD researcher at Loughborough University, London and is currently undertaking a Techne Racial Justice Placement at Wellcome Collection. Her doctoral research explores the relationships women of colour in Britain have with books.

Black and white head and shoulders collaged artwork showing a portrait of Gergo Varga.

Gergo Varga


Gergo Varga is an illustrator, collage animator, motion designer and the name behind ‘varrgo’. varrgo is a place where Gergo creates and animates mixed-media projects, particularly in the style of collages and cut-outs. He enjoys working with things that have already had a life, from old magazines to scribbles in a notebook. His longest-running creative project is ‘oners’, where he visualises one-minute quotes from contemporary thinkers. Gergo created the animations and illustrations for ‘Apocalypse How?’ and ‘Eugenics and Other Stories’, published on Wellcome Collection Stories.

Photograph of Sophie Schneider

Sophie Schneider


Sophie has an academic background in modern languages and international development, but a passion for arts and the creative sector. Sophie is on the graduate programme at Wellcome Collection and has worked across the organisation for the past 18 months. Her work includes reflecting on power imbalances in the collection and how they can better represent a plurality of voices, perspectives and types of knowledge.