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.


In his commission for ‘Surroundings’ Ghanaian artist photographer Nii Obodai was inspired by the waterways of the East Riding in Yorkshire. Follow his journey around the region as he captures the landscape using his large format camera.


Concept

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.

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Awards & Recognition

Became a National Portfolio Organisation 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’.


Staff

Alice Sharp set up Invisible Dust in 2009. Since then for Invisible Dust the artists she has worked with include Elizabeth Price, Jeremy Deller, Dryden Goodwin, Faisal Abdu’Allah, Mariele Neudecker, Martin Parr, John Akomfrah and Tacita Dean. She co curated ‘Offshore: artists explore the sea’ as part of Hull UK City of Culture in 2017. Scientist advisors include Professor Frank Kelly, King’s College London, Government Advisor on air pollution and Professor Alex Rogers, Marine Biologist, Oxford University and international health of the oceans campaigner. 

Alice Sharp


Artistic Director

Lucy is an experienced creative producer specialising in art-science and climate change programmes, with 12+ years experience creating high-impact public engagement events and installations across the UK. She is an associate producer for a number of clients including Julie’s Bicycle, Invisible Dust and The Arts Development Company, following her previous position as UK Director of the international environmental arts charity, Cape Farewell. Most recently Lucy was lead producer of Under Her Eye‘ Summit and Arts Festival at the British library in June 2018, headlined by booker prize winning Margaret Atwood.

Lucy Wood


Associate Art Science Producer

Adam Cooper joined Invisible Dust as Executive Director in 2020. Adam has worked at a senior level with arts and culture organisations across the UK as Co-Director of the fundraising and organisational development consultancy, Adapt for Arts, and as an Associate of the consultancy people make it work. He holds an Executive MBA from Durham University Business School and was one of the first recipients of the PGCert in Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy from Leeds University. Adam is also a practicing multi-instrumentalist.

Adam Cooper


Executive Director

Jean is a qualified accountant (FCMA) with extensive financial management experience gained in private companies as well as non-profit organisations. She currently serves as a trustee and Treasurer with organisations in the performing arts and health sectors and, until recently, with an independent cinema. Jean also serves as a co-opted member on the Audit and Compliance Committee of the University of Bedfordshire. Her education includes a BA in Economics from the University of Nottingham and an MA in Arts Policy and Management from Birkbeck College, University of London. Jean is proud to support Invisible Dust’s mission to provide an artistic and scientific response to climate change.

Jean Appleyard


Finance Manager

Cathy has worked in film, TV and theatre and has over 20+ years experience of fundraising in the arts and for charities, specialising in individual giving. As an employee and a freelance consultant she has worked for a range of organisations from the Tate, Centrepoint and Depaul to WWF-UK and London Wildlife Trust. Cathy is also a practicing fine artist exhibiting in the UK and internationally, including the Venice Biennale 2019 fringe exhibition Miniscule with Nancy Fouts, Ai Wei Wei and Gavin Turk.

Cathy Gale


Administrator

Ed McGovern is a creative producer who specialises in science, philosophy and the environment. At Invisible Dust he manages the Forecast programme. Previously, he led the programming at the Institute of Art and Ideas – billed as ‘Europe’s answer to TED talks’ – and at HowTheLightGetsIn festival. He studied physics at Oxford and science education at Manchester.  edwardmcgovern.co.uk

Ed McGovern


Associate Science Producer

Jeanine Griffin is a curator and researcher with over 20 years experience curating for gallery, public realm and contemporary art festival contexts. She was Artistic Director of Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum, initiating and running the Art Sheffield festivals and was also Deputy Director at Site Gallery, Sheffield. She was Reader in Contemporary Curatorial Practice at Lincoln University where she initiated the Gymnasium commissioning programme. She is currently also a doctoral researcher at Sheffield Hallam University and chair of the board of Bloc Projects.  Jeaninegriffin.com

Jeanine Griffin


Associate Curator

Adelaide Bannerman is a curator and works for Tiwani Contemporary and International Curators Forum, London. She has helped manage and produce numerous exhibitions, projects and events since 1998, and facilitate professional development and mentoring opportunities for early and mid-career arts practitioners. Her independent research interests valorise performative gestures and engagements with live and visual performance, and in 2018 she initiated the research visit and residency programme Never Done.

Adelaide Bannerman


Associate Curator

Rachel Taylor is a curator and writer with extensive experience in the museum and gallery sectors. For ten years she was a curator at Tate Modern, where she worked on acquisitions and displays of Tate’s international collection, with a particular focus on contemporary and emerging art from North America and the Asia-Pacific region. She contributed to Tate’s exhibition programme, notably working with Frances Morris on the acclaimed touring exhibition Yayoi Kusama. More recently she was Director of Exhibitions at Victoria Miro, working on exhibitions at the gallery’s venues in London and Venice and facilitating international exhibitions, commissions and other projects for gallery artists.

Rachel Taylor


Associate Curator

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Trustees

Catherine has been an Invisible Dust Advisor since 2010 providing support on financial management, Human Relations and Operations. She has extensive experience of directing and managing the operations and financial activity of large organisations with annual budgets in excess of £7.8 44 million.

Catherine Thornborrow


General Manager at Royal Court Theatre

Fiona has 20 years of experience in managing public realm projects and coordinating outstanding young people’s projects. She provides support on the development of our education strategy and best practice.

Fiona Fieber


Head of Learning and Participation at SPACE Studios

Lacey is a creative content producer and digital account manager with over nine years of experience in digital communications across content marketing, social media and website management, leading teams and building digital advocacy within organisations.

Lacey Glave


Senior Digital Manager at London College of Communication (UAL)

Ana founded E&A Law in 2007 following 12 years of working in government and major legal firms. She specialises in providing tailored advice and legal representation services to states, international institutions and energy companies in the fields of Energy, Dispute Resolution and EU and International Law.

Ana Stanic


International Lawyer who specialises in the Environment
Kane Cunningham

Kane was a fine art lecturer for over 35 years and retired in 2017 to become a full time painter. He is best known for buying a house on the edge of a cliff in Scarborough to create  an installation, performance space, painting studio and sculpture. The House Project addressed issues related to the environment, mortgages, bedroom tax, health and education.  He is presently a co-director of a new arts festival called Big Ideas By The Sea based in Scarborough which aims to address the big ideas related to climate change and the wider political landscape.

Kane Cunningham


Artist

Magnus is an environmental marine biologist with interests in fisheries, krill and coral reefs.  He leads the MSc in Environmental Change Management and Monitoring for the University of Hull and is a Fellow of the Marine Biological Association.

Magnus Johnson


Senior Lecturer in Environmental Marine Science
Feimatta Conteh

Feimatta is the Environmental Sustainability Manager for the Manchester International Festival. She has worked across sustainability, technology development, digital culture and the arts for over 15 years, for organisations including the LSE, Arcola Theatre and FutureEverything. Outside of work, Feimatta is deeply involved with an educational children’s camping charity – she enjoys building communities and helping young people interact with nature.

Feimatta Conteh


Environmental Sustainability Manager, Manchester International Festival

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