Shedding Light
on Long Covid

Date and time
Wednesday, 4 October 2023
09.00 - 19.00

Museum of Making,

This conference has been designed to take place alongside the Shedding Light on Long Covid Sci-Art Public Realm Research Project, installed at the Museum of Making and Derby Cathedral, supported by S.H.E.D, The Royal Society of Arts and the University of Derby. The Conference day has been designed to support academics, clinical and industry professionals and the public to share their insights on research into long-Covid through a place-based approach to knowledge generation. 

The conference will explore this through a series of presentations, keynotes, workshops, and networking sessions. Please see the programme for more information. Together, we will discuss approaches to building a community of research and increasing the capacity for change as a means of addressing long-standing social issues. The conference will be facilitated by CivicLAB which is an agent to drive positive societal change, increase civic impact, and connect universities, stakeholders and communities together. 

If you would like to register to join the conference online, a private link will be shared with you once you have registered as a delegate. The online experience will be facilitated by Paula Shaw, Associate Professor of Online Teaching and Learning.

Free VIP Event

This event offers the opportunity for people to come and see the installation, to meet with key stakeholders and partners and bring the local community together who have taken part in the thought-provoking installation at Derby Cathedral and Museum of Making that has featured artworks ranging from podcasts, photography, mixed media, live performance, online and in person workshops and shared research data. A wide range of works have been made by local and national artists and community members. It has been supported by local and national organisations to create a platform for the public to communicate their thoughts and opinions on Long Covid.

S.H.E.D is proud to be an inclusive and neutral space, to platform the voices of others - accepting of all points of view and lived experiences. 

The event is a space to reflect and for participants to feel proud for providing a platform for Derby to come together, whilst showcasing a range of local and national research, community projects and artistic talent through this project.

S.H.E.D. is a safe space for issues that matter most to people to be heard. The work of S.H.E.D. acts as a catalyst for positive change to address challenges and place-based changes, from health and wellbeing issues to climate crisis, and economic inequalities and promotes social mobility. 

This section of the event is invite only - registration is essential.


Time  Session
10 am - 10:15 am  Welcome: Dr Rhiannon Jones, Associate Professor (Civic) and Dr Mark Faghy, Associate Professor in Respiratory Physiology
10:15 am - 10:30 am Opening address: Professor Keith McLay, Provost Learning and Teaching University of Derby 
10:30 am - 11:30 am Keynote presentation: Dr Binita Kane. Consultant Resiratory Physician at Manchester University Foundation Trust (MFT), APPG for Long COVID member, internationally recognised Long COVID expert and advocate and Long COVID Kids champion
11:30 am - 11:45 am Break
11:45 am - 12:15 pm 

Shedding Light on Long Covid 

Dr Mark Faghy and Dr Rhiannon Jones

This research paper will explore how Shedding Light on Long Covid has developed a creative collaborative research partnership with S.H.E.D. and a range of stakeholders, whilst providing opportunities for artists and scientists to develop new works for the public realm about Long Covid through their practice and research 

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm 


1:15 pm - 2:30 pm 

S.H.E.D Artist Researchers Panel 

Chair: Professor Ian Whitehead 

Artists: Dr Gemma Marmalade, Dr Xristina Penna, Dr Michael Pinchbeck, Dr Alice Marshall, Tomar Beh

(See more details below table)

2:00 pm - 2:10 pm  Break
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Stakeholder Panel 

Chair: Dr Emma Hyde, Associate Professor of Learning

Derby County Community Trust, Derby Cathedral, Museum of Making, Katherine Atkinson Politician, Sammie McFarlan, Long Covid Kids, Derby City Council

2:50 pm - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Facilitated round tables by CivicLAB Researchers 

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm Shedding Light on Long Covid Plenary, Chair Professor Myra Conway 
5:00 pm Close
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm  Long Covid Close Celebration Event at Installation, Museum of Making 

Chair: Professor Ian Whitehead

Dr Gemma Marmalade

Big Mouth (Voice in my head)

This performance-based presentation considers explicit oralities of written accounts by Long Covid patients. Inspired by Valie Export's I Turn Over the Pictures of my Voice in my head, Gemma re-imagines this work through the lens of the pandemic. This presentation compliments its visual counterpart installed at the Museum of Making titled Big Mouth (Swabs Again).

Dr Xristina Penna

Pauses Matter

The Right to Rest. Xristina will reflect on how resting within the Shedding Light on Long Covid exhibit can be considered a re-calibration point of experiencing this exhibition space and a commentary on the tension between the gaze of the person resting and the onlooker. At the same time, The Right to Rest is an invitation for a subtle protest. Resting becomes a political act. 

Dr Michael Pinchbeck 


Somewhere between breathing in and breathing out: on Breathturn and making immersive audio projects during and post pandemic. 

Dr Alice Marshall 

Moving Through Speech - in Real Time

Join Alice as she demonstrates the inner workings of creating choreography via the voice of others. This lecture-dem provides witness to a process and exposes the reliance she has on her malleable and reactive dancers. 

Tomar Beh 

CEO M-Prez Enterprise and director of Xpress U Youth Radio, was commissioned by S.H.E.D to create the first podcast for young people aged 6-18 years in Derby. Tomar worked with the group to talk about Long Covid who shared thoughts, experiences, and insights about Long Covid. Talking it out, and sharing stories to make a difference. 

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If you register to join the conference online, a private link will be shared with you as a registered delegate. The online experience will be facilitated by Paula Shaw. Associate Professor of Online Teaching and Learning.

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