Wellcome Trust launches nationwide Sexology Songwriting project

Young people from around the UK have begun work on a Sexology Songwriting project that will see them exploring the study of sex through music and lyrics.

Five groups, or Hubs, from Manchester, Brighton, Glasgow, Havant and London, are forming collaborations with sexologists and songwriters to create musical responses to contemporary sexology research. This will incorporate various topics and issues, including gender, sexuality and how sex is represented in pop lyrics.

Conceived to run alongside The Institute of Sexology, the forthcoming exhibition at Wellcome Collection, and inspired by the findings from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3), the songwriting project aims to inspire young people (16+) and to develop their interests in sexual health research and the processes involved. The project will culminate in live performances at a series of events, as well as a selection of the songs being made available online and at listening posts at The Institute of Sexology exhibition in February 2015.

Leah Holmes, project lead at the Wellcome Trust, said: “The Sexology Songwriting project is a wonderful opportunity for young people from all walks of life to be involved in exploring and creating exciting musical work that will really get under the skin of the most progressive research in a field most relevant to them.”

Projects are being led by:

The Roundhouse, in collaboration with Wellcome Collection, Natsal researchers and the Sex Education Forum (London) Contact theatre and the University of Manchester (Manchester) Rhythmix, in collaboration with the University of Sussex, Safety Net, Brighton Dome and Brighton Youth Centre (Brighton) Music Fusion, in collaboration with the Spring Arts and Heritage Centre and the University of Southampton (Havant) Tramway/ Glasgow Life, in collaboration with New Rhythms for Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Glasgow (Glasgow).

Each regional Hub will explore different themes and aspects of sexology research, such as body image, sex and everyday life, sex and relationships education, LGBTQ youth, mental health and consent.

The Sexology Songwriting project forms part of an eclectic national season linking events taking place inside and outside of Wellcome Collection’s London exhibition. The Sexology Season includes three programmes in Manchester, Brighton and Glasgow incorporating live performance, films, salons, archives, talks and literature events.