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Let’s Talk About Work

  • Free
  • Discussion
  • Relaxed
A group of six adults sitting around a table in the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection. One person is talking. On the right there is a bookcase filled with books. At the back of the space, behind the seated group, there is a mirrored window in which the scene is reflected.
The Reading Room, David Bishop. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Join us in the Reading Room for a playful conversation about what work means to you with practical philosopher Ayisha De Lanerolle and curator Cindy Sissokho. 

You’re invited to share your thoughts and feelings ahead of our upcoming exhibition, ‘Hard Graft: Work, Health and Rights’, which will explore experiences of physical work and its impacts on health and the body. 



Need to know


We’ll be in the Reading Room on level 2. You can walk up the spiral staircase to the Reading Room door, or take the lift up and then head left from the Library Desk.

Limited spaces available

Spaces are limited and may run out if we are busy so you may wish to arrive early.


This is a relaxed event, which means that if you need to, you are welcome to move around and make noise at any time.

For more information, please visit our Accessibility page. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 0 2 0. 7 6 1 1. 2 2 2 2

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About your facilitators

Photograph of Ayisha De Lanerolle

Ayisha De Lanerolle

Ayisha is a practical philosopher working within the arts. She set up The Conversation Agency to focus on creating conversations that build connections and community. Ayisha has held residencies with Turner Contemporary Margate, Turner Prize 2019, and Mansions of the Future, Lincoln. During the pandemic Ayisha worked with cultural institutions to reflect on how their collections connect us to issues of decolonisation and social justice. Currently Ayisha is working with Aberystwyth Arts Centre on their engagement strategy, and she is exploring the relationship between storytelling and narrative on a year-long programme, Building Our Narrative Power, with Public Interest Research Centre.

Photograph of Cindy Sissokho.

Cindy Sissokho

Cindy Sissokho is a curator, cultural producer and writer, and curator of the ‘Hard Graft: Work, Health and Rights’ exhibition for Wellcome Collection. She recently co-curated the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2024, represented by the artist Julien Creuzet. Before working at Wellcome Collection, Cindy was at New Art Exchange and Nottingham Contemporary, and worked on numerous UK and international exhibitions and projects.