Unlimited Global Alchemy by Rachel Gadsden

Unlimited Global Alchemy is led by Rachel Gadsden with the Bambanani artist-activist group from South Africa; Nondumiso Hlwele, Noloyiso Balintulo, Bongiwe Mba, Thobani Ncapai, Thozama Ndevu and Zodwa Somlayi – all from Khayelitsha Township.

The politics and myths surrounding chronic health conditions and in particular HIV / AIDS, fragility, resilience and survival against the odds are at the heart of this poignant collaboration.

Works created both in South Africa and the UK include a body of paintings and drawings by Rachel Gadsden and the Bambanani Group; with films, catalogues, performance, talks and workshops involving twenty collaborators from across the world including choreographer Athina Vahla and Freddie Opoku-Addaie as performer.

Heartfelt, irreverent and provocative, Unlimited Global Alchemy vividly conveys the resilience of the human spirit and strength of social action in the face of adversity.


Produced by Artsadmin, Unlimited Global Alchemy is part of Festival 2012; launching at the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology in Cambridge and culminating at the Southbank during the Paralympics in London. Unlimited Global Alchemy was co-commissioned by the British Council.

This project is part of the London 2012 Festival, is a 12 week nationwide celebration running from June 21st 2012 until the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9th September 2012. The London 2012 Festival will celebrate the huge range, quality and accessibility of the UK’s world-class culture, giving the opportunity for People across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more details visit www.london2012.com/festival.

Read more biographical information on Rachel Gadsden.