Invisible Dust

London | Tuesday 31 May
Pollution level: Moderate


Filmmaker Emma Crouch.

Invisible Dust works with leading artists and scientists to produce unique and exciting works of contemporary art and new scientific ideas exploring our environment and climate change. Follow us: @Invisible_Dust.

Founded in 2009 by Alice Sharp; previously curator of the Fourth Plinth with Antony Gormley. Invisible Dust is an award winning not for profit art and environment organisation and has raised over £1 million to commission art projects relating to the environment. We have attracted 360,000 to our projects and 3 million on line through regular coverage in national press.


Owl Project will presenting ‘Rock Music’ performance on 27th February 2016 as part of their residency at Manchester Museum.

Phil Coy’s 2016 Leverhulme Trust funded artist residency at the Rutherford Appleton Space Laboratory and in collaboration with the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Kasia Molga’s new artwork ‘The Human Sensor’ a performance in July exploring air pollution as part of Manchester European City of Science 2016.

Developing new Shambala Festival artworks, Northamptonshire, August 2016.

Mariele Neudecker will present an artwork exploring the state of our oceans at Hull City of Culture 2017 with Ferens Art gallery and Hull Maritime Museum.


- Adam Chodzko ‘Deep Above’ Bristol European Green Capital 2015. Jarman award nominee Chodzko created a new film about why we are not changing our behaviour in response to climate change which premiered at the Watershed Cinema in November.

- Turner Prize winner 2012 Elizabeth Price as the first artist in residence at the Rutherford Appleton Space Laboratory from which she produced a new video ‘SUNLIGHT’ in 2013.

- Invisible Dust commissions by Mariele Neudecker, HighWaterLine and Adam Chodzko were shown at the National Maritime Museum THINK space, December-May 2015.

-  Mariele Neudecker’s deep sea videos were part of ESOF, European Science Festival, Copenhagen 2014.

- Curating Synchronicity Earth’s auction at the Biophilia Ball with Monica Chung for the 50th Anniversary of the IUCN Red List 2014.

- Public bat walks around the Olympic perimeter with Jeremy Deller in 2012.

- Rooftop projection in 2012 by Dryden Goodwin on Westminster Bridge and UK Environment Audit Committee Houses of Parliament talk with Professor Frank Kelly King’s College london.

- Our press coverage includes nature, the Guardian, the BBC and Huffington Post.


- Invisible Dust was one of two organisations in the UK to receive the Sustaining Excellence Award by the Wellcome Trust for our work and organisation of £450,000 2015-2018.

- Alice Sharp, Invisible Dust Director won the Guardian PEA (People, Environment & Achievement) Arts Award 2014.

- Invisible Dust was a finalist in the 2013 Sustain’ magazine awards in the Communications category, other nominations include Land Securities and J. Sainsbury.

- In March 2012 Invisible Dust won the Lord Mayor of London’s UK Sustainable City Award presented for ‘outstanding contributions to enhancing air quality’ for its work in 2011.

- Invisible Dust won a ‘Norwich eco award’ from Norwich City Council for artworks and outreach at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in 2011.

Our mission

The mission of Invisible Dust is to encourage awareness of, and meaningful responses to, climate change, air pollution and related health, technological and environmental issues. It achieves this by facilitating a dialogue between visual artists, creative technologists and leading world scientists. Invisible Dust strives, through its creation of high impact and unique arts programmes, alongside developments in new technology and scientific theories, to create an accessible, imaginative and approachable forum and stimulus.

As well as supporting the creation of new scientific ideas, developing the relationships between creative technologists and artists and engaging audiences with large scale events, education and community activities, Invisible Dust’s works seek to raise awareness of the key climate change imperatives and objectives now being tackled by National and International Governments, Policy Makers, Charities, NGO’s, Global Corporations, Investors and Consumer groups.


Visibility plays a key role in trying to gain an understanding of the need to live sustainably and dramatically reduce climate change. Artists have many ways of making things visible and, particularly since the Land Art movement in the 1960s and 1970s (such as the ephemeral works of Richard Long and Robert Smithson) have responded to changes in the natural environment in a variety of forms.

ICT technologies are increasingly important in promoting low-carbon economic growth. Invisible Dust is developing cross platform commissions to explore what is seen as ‘art,’ and explore the boundaries of art practice and new media. Artists are increasingly exploiting data hacking and real time sensors. ICT has an enormous role to play in assisting how scientists research and monitor our environment and advances of technology such as smart buildings offer new sustainable ways of living.

Joseph Amato writes about ‘the visible world of dust.’ Amato contests that this informs our ‘perceptions of reality’. The invention of cleaning equipment and the modern day obsession with removing it has changed how we live our lives. Once dust was the smallest thing the eye could see, now our relationship with dust has dramatically changed due to powerful microscopic devices. For scientists, society’s transformation took place in the laboratory through the viewing of atoms, molecules, cells, and microbes; this also defined dust and the physical world for the first time but also our view of the human body and mind.

After the congestion charge was first implemented in central London the air became cleaner than before the charge had been implemented but no one could see the evidence, it had to be revealed by subtle statistical analysis. On a global scale the ice caps are melting, coral reefs and rain forests are being destroyed. In order for us to understand the consequences of our actions on the environment as human beings we need to ‘see’ the results.

In his research, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and senior editor of Atmospheric Environment, Peter Brimblecombe from the University of East Anglia has discovered that children’s playgrounds are more polluted than the surrounding area due to the exhaust fumes from the parents’ cars at the school drop off. In addition, Professor Frank Kelly is conducting research into how air pollution effects not only our lungs, but is a cause of heart disease due to small diesel particles passing into the blood.

How can people understand their own effect on the environment when the resulting gases disappear into the sky? Since the industrial revolution there have been huge gains to society but also the creation of many of the gases that are now poisoning the earth. Invisible Dust brings together artists, technologists and scientists to help illuminate these consequences and bring a sense of something human and fantastical to very invisible problems.

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