Sector Opportunities

Wellcome Ideas Hub Participants

Wellcome are looking for people keen to explore new ways of working and share different perspectives to join Ideas Hub at the Wellcome Collection, a co-created week-long programme of workshops and other activities that explores at the connections between science, medicine, life and art.

Deadline: Midnight 20th February 2020

The theme of Ideas Hub 2020 is mental health, power and ownership. Wellcome are looking for curious minds to discover their collections and, via a range of voices, perspectives and personal experiences, to investigate their meanings and resonances. Participants will co-create a programme of creative workshops, talks and project work which explore questions such as:

  • Who holds the power in health? Whose ideas are considered important?
  • Who is an expert in mental health?
  • What are the roles of local knowledge and lived experience in addressing questions around health, and mental health in particular?
  • Who has the power to determine narratives? How do we open health up to new ways of understanding, and create new knowledge through different international perspectives?
  • How do we tell multiple stories around a single object?
  • How can Wellcome’s collections help explore these questions?

Main Responsibilities

You will be part of a group of 15-20 people spending the week of 14-18 September 2020 at Wellcome Collection. Together, you’ll co-create a programme of workshops, talks and project work to explore the links between science, medicine, life and art, and reflect on the theme of mental health, power and ownership.

Ahead of the week in September, you will join an introductory day on 20 May where you will meet the rest of the cohort and hear ideas from Wellcome around the project theme.  These will inform the week in September, which as a cohort you will be able to shape into a meaningful programme. There will be a platform for continuing conversations over the summer, and a final virtual meeting before the week in September. The programme will include:

  • Inspiring talks and workshops with speakers from a wide range of areas
  • Creative challenges to get you thinking differently
  • Thought-provoking visits to other organisations whose work relates to the theme
  • A group project to stretch your skills and respond to provocations around the topic creatively and in a way relevant to you
  • A chance to rethink the objects held in the Wellcome Collection and uncover alternative perspectives

The week-long programme will offer time out from your normal routine to think differently and engage deeply with the theme of mental health, power and ownership.  Your week at Ideas Hub will give you new inspiration and inform where you might develop your practice. It will be:


  • A way to build connections with different people and form a network that you can engage with long after the event
  • An opportunity to explore alternative ways of doing things and challenge the ways you currently think and work
  • An invitation to be creative and explore your own ideas in a supportive environment
  • A chance to meet creative leaders from a range of sectors
  • A way to expand your understanding of the links between science, medicine, life and art

Experience & Skills

Following the week in September, participants will join Wellcome’s network of Ideas Hub alumni, who meet regularly to collaborate and share ideas. Your week of activity may lead to a publication, a public event within Wellcome Collection, the development of ideas for new research, or other partnerships and projects which may be relevant to you.

Ideas Hub is free to attend, and Wellcome will cover reasonable travel and accommodation costs.  If you are not able to take up this opportunity as part of your paid work, Wellcome will offer an honorarium of £525 or equivalent vouchers per person to attend. Please contact regarding any barriers to attendance, we can discuss on a person by person basis.



Wellcome are looking for individuals who have the potential to effect change in their sphere of work.  You don’t need to have any particular background, expertise or level of education. Wellcome really want connect people with different experiences, and it doesn’t matter if you don’t know anything about science or medicine or museum collections.


Person Specification

Ideas Hub is for you if:

  • You are intrigued by the links between science, medicine, life and art
  • You have an interest in mental health, and how different perspectives can feed into a better understanding of mental wellbeing
  • You are fascinated by questions of power and whose voice is heard
  • You can work constructively and respectfully in a team with different opinions
  • you have an interest in exploring different ideas, viewpoints and ways of working, and are keen to step outside your comfort zone and learn from new experiences
  • you feel that you would be able to use your skills and experience to actively participate in Ideas Hub and contribute your own views and perspectives
  • you are have demonstrable experience in any field – this could be through full-time or part-time jobs, apprenticeships, internships, freelance work or anything equivalent.
  • you feel that Ideas Hub will be beneficial to you at this point in your practice. You might have ambitions to instigate new approaches to address challenges and want a chance to develop your skills and discover new possibilities
  • you are interested in leading collaborative research. You may have applied previously, or might be interested in applying, to Wellcome funding schemes, including the Wellcome Hub Award, and would like inspiration of how to use co-production or co-creation in a research project
  • you can attend Wellcome Collection in central London for the week of 14-18 September 2020 and the introductory day on 20 May.

Wellcome can’t consider your application if you:

  • Have been employed in a non-freelance capacity by Wellcome in the last 12 months
  • Have taken part in Wellcome’s graduate development programme in the last 12 months, or have applied for the 2020 graduate programme intake
  • Are a current Wellcome grant holder
  • You will be under the age of 18 by 20 May 2020 (there’s no upper age limit)
  • You do not have demonstrable work or professional experience – be through full-time or part-time jobs, apprenticeships, internships, freelance work or anything equivalent
  • You are not able to attend Wellcome Collection in central London on 20 May 2020 and for the week 12-18 September 2020.


How to apply

Applications close at midnight on 20 February 2020.

To read more, and apply, click HERE.


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