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Ministry of Loneliness

Loneliness is a national health crisis, but it needn’t be.

1/3 of older people experience loneliness. The second largest group likely to feel lonely are 21-35 year olds.

In 2017, Theresa May appointed a Minister for Loneliness, following the Jo Cox report on loneliness.

We wanted to show that there is always a small thing you can do to combat loneliness.

On Sunday 20th January, we invited members of the public to the Tate Modern.They wrote letters to those in long term healthcare. We will then distribute these to those in elderly care homes and those likely to be feeling lonely.


You don’t need to be a doctor or a minister to help combat loneliness. Donating a bit of time goes a long way. We’ve set up the Ministry of Loneliness to bring loneliness into the public conversation.

Over 700 people came to the event, and we gained 300 letters in total. We are now collaborating with London Secondary Schools to get even more letters!
Please visit the ‘on the mend’ website to see more about this project.

Members of the public at Tate Exchange writing letters in our custom made pop-up

Members of the public at Tate Exchange writing letters in our custom made pop-up

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Project Lead: Sophia Luu

Pop up design & build:Alex Clarke, Lucia Lanzalaco, Sophia Luu & Pod Hughes

Stationery, Branding & Graphics: Mathilda Della Torre, Sophia Luu & Akanksha Bhasme

Participating Artists: Mathilda Della Torre, Lottie Bolster, Chang Gao, Sarah Graham, Laura Madeley, Kim Judge, Molly Bonnell, Gazbia Sorour, Michaela Wenkert, Akanksha Bhasme and Mariana Pena Montiero

‘Ministry’ Concept: Laura Madeley