Invisible Dust

London | Tuesday 15 October
Pollution level: Moderate

About Us

Elizabeth Price, ‘SUNLIGHT’

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.

We make the invisible visible.

Founded in 2009 by Alice Sharp; previously curator of the Fourth Plinth with Antony Gormley and Yinka Shonibare. Invisible Dust is an award winning charity and art and environment organisation that has raised over £1 million to commission art projects relating to the environment. We have attracted 660,000 to our projects and 3.2 million on line through regular coverage in national press.

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Funders and Partners
Invisible Dust is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is proud to be an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. Learn more about our Funders and Partners here.

Our mission

The mission of Invisible Dust is to encourage awareness of, and meaningful responses to, climate change  and environmental issues. We achieve this by facilitating a dialogue between leading visual artists, creative technologists and scientists.

We engage audiences with artists commissions, large scale events, education and community activities and seek to raise awareness of  environmental concerns. Recent project topics include our oceans and air pollution.


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.

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 often very invisible problems.

Awards and Recognition

-Became a National Portfolio Organsation of Arts Council England in 2018.

– Surroundings with Humber Museums Partnership was awarded £547,000 for three years 2017-2019 by Ambitions for Excellence from Arts Council England.

–  Kasia Molga’s Human Sensor Project produced by Invisible Dust won the Oxygen Award at Respirations 2016 in Paris.

– 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 2012 Invisible Dust won the Lord Mayor of London’s UK Sustainable City Award presented for ‘outstanding contributions to enhancing air quality’.

A film from our Hull UK City of Culture 2017 project, Offshore: artists explore the sea:

Charity number – 1171156