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Welcome to the #breathworks community!

Breathworks is a digital project exploring everyone’s unique experience of breathing. Throughout August, we invite you to contribute your own ‘breathwork’ by capturing an experience of breathing via an image and sound recording, as explained below.

Contributions can touch upon a wide range of topics but all will be connected literally or metaphorically by the theme of breathing. Your breathwork will be shared on our website and Instagram to create a collection of works exploring the various ways in which we all experience breathing.



About Breathworks

Breathworks was started by artist-researcher, Lucy Sabin. The idea behind Breathworks was to explore the diverse range of scenarios that remind us of our breath, from illness to new life and everything between. Indeed, recent world events have brought new meaning to the act of breathing. To read more, click here.

How to Take Part

To take part you need to create an image and make a sound recording (lasting 20 to 60 seconds, max. file size 8MB) then click the button below and complete the Submission Form. You can use a smartphone or tablet for the whole process and there’s no need to download anything. For recording sound, an app usually comes pre-installed on your device: on iPhones and iPads, it’s called Voice Memos; on android devices, it’s Voice Recorder.

  • Take your photo or make your image
  • Record your sound (20-60 seconds)
  • Upload your files via the form

Once you submit your files, we will convert your sound and image to an animated visualisation, as seen in the examples below. If selected, your finished breathwork will appear online within 1-3 working days.

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If you have any questions about taking part, email


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Selected breathworks will be displayed in the Online exhibition. To receive regular updates, you can follow @mao_gallery on Instagram or join the Breathworks Mailing List.


Project Partners

The Breathworks public programme is part of the Humanities Cultural Programme at TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities). The Breathworks Principal Investigator for TORCH is Derek McCormack, Professor of Cultural Geography, The University of Oxford.


Modern Art Oxford is grateful to its Breathworks Ambassadors: Derek McCormack, Professor of Cultural Geography, The University of Oxford; Alice Sharp, Artistic Director, Invisible Dust; Emma Garnett, Research fellow, Kings College London; Becca Rose Glowacki, Doctoral Researcher in Design, Goldsmiths University; Kyle Pattinson, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Associate Professor, The University of Oxford; Sarah FinneganPostdoctoral Research Scientist, The University of Oxford; Havi CarelProfessor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, The University of Bristol; Dr Kate McLean, Programme Director Graphic Design, Canterbury Christ Church University.


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