The Museum of Drug Policy

In Collaboration with


3 - 5 November 2017


47/49 Tanner Street

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Free exhibition 1 ticketed performance - Tickets online soon


Ugly Duck is proud to receive The Museum of Drug Policy as part of their Global Tour

The Museum of Drug Policy is a pop-up arts and cultural hub featuring live programming and art from around the world, highlighting how drug policies impact and shape our communities. The Museum will make its third stop on its global tour at Ugly Duck for three days in early November.The Museum provides a powerful, emotional experience that illustrates the harms caused by drug prohibition, and advocates for new approaches rooted in dignity, health, and human rights. It will transport audiences across the globe, pushing visitors to think and act outside the box through interactive installations, powerful documentary photos, multimedia displays, and more.

Release, the UK’s centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law, will be hosting the Museum as part of our 50th anniversary celebration. We have been providing free non-judgmental, specialist advice and information to the public and professionals on issues related to drug use and drug laws since 1967. We will also be celebrating Release’s own work and history alongside the Museum.

Alongside the exhibition, panels and interactive workshops themed under three overarching categories will take place:

– Gender, sexuality, and criminalisation: this will address specific issues faced by women, LGBTI communities, and sex workers.

– Policing poverty: addressing the policing of drugs as a form of social control, the racial disparity that exists in stop and search, and the sentencing of drug offences – with a focus on poverty as a driver of surveillance by the State.

– Creative activism: how do we use art and creativity to push for social change? Release will be hosting film screenings in the space, and the Sex Workers Opera will perform live at the venue on the evening of 3rd November.

More specific details on the artwork and programming will soon be available.