Outwitting Cancer exhibition

Making sense of nature’s enigma

Outwitting Cancer is now closed

This exhibition closed to visitors on 3 December 2022, but you can still visit us online.

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Why doesn’t cancer play by the rules, and who are the people trying to outsmart these rebel cells?

This exhibition explored the trailblazing scientists who, in the cutting-edge labs of the Crick, are helping to turn the tide on one of the world’s biggest killers. Through an immersive art-installation, and a series of extraordinary films, visitors could discover the big questions, hopes and challenges that drive these remarkable scientists to try and outsmart this constantly evolving disease.

Decode cancer. Recode the future.

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  • Important

    Outwitting Cancer closed to visitors on 3 December 2022.

  • Entry type

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  • Location

    The Francis Crick Institute
    1 Midland Road London
    NW1 1AT

  • Physical disability access Step-free access to gallery and disabled toilets
  • Vision Impairment support Subtitled films and transcripts are available

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This immersive exhibition explored the latest cancer research taking place at the Crick.

Eight specially commissioned films captured conversations between cancer researchers, patients and those with unique personal perspectives on cancer, meeting to explore some of the big questions driving research.

Conversations included BBC journalist George Alagiah, who is living with bowel cancer, finding out about how Crick scientist Vivian Li is creating ‘mini-organs’ to personalise cancer treatments, and trailblazing plastic reconstructive surgeon Georgette Oni talking to Crick scientist Erik Sahai about how cancer spreads.

The exhibition began with an immersive cinematic installation, which transported you on journey into the human body. Art and science met, as you experienced stunning microscopic imagery against a powerful soundscape from sound artist Mira Calix.

Visitors could pick up a complimentary copy of the Oncozine, an artist-illustrated zine created by our patient advisory panel, detailing their frank and candid takes on cancer, the “Sh*t journey no one wants to go on”.



Yasmin Khan, Covalent Creatives 


Studio Prelude 




Mira Calix  

Sound design 

Sound Intermedia 


MER Services Ltd 

Audio Visual  

Media Powerhouse 

Film contributors

George Alagiah, Iraj Ali, Mariann Bienz, Adam Blain, Dominique Bonnet, Simon Boulton, Deborah Bowman, Alix Fox, Adrian Hayday, Mariam Jamal-HanjaniTim Jonze, Michael KoslowskiVivian Li, Alison Maloney, Natalie Mount, Oliver Nussbaumer, Georgette Oni, Paolo Paoletti, Erik Sahai, Charlie Swanton, Karen Vousden 


Patient Advisory Panel

Aisha Ali, Rachel Bruce, Nevo Burrell, Libby Cooper, Shae Eccleston, Noel Judge, Amanda Maister, Patrick McGuire, Rebecca McNair, Christine O’Connell, Mary Phillips, Eileen Rubery, Penny Rutterford, Tamsin Sargeant; facilitated by Rufus Attrill, Tim Gomez, Wendy Sugarman, and Richard Ushed of WSA Community Consultants