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.
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 & 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’.
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.
Director and Curator
Olivia joined Invisible Dust in January 2017 while also working freelance for Julie’s Bicycle and ArtsAdmin producing the ‘Season for Change 2017’. Previously Project Manager at Cape Farewell, and prior to that Assistant to the Director at Anima-Mundi, Olivia has been working as a Creative Producer for the past 6 years following an MA in Curatorial Practice from Falmouth University, and a BA in Art History from SOAS.
Emma joined the team in March 2018 and is based in the Scarborough office. She works on the marketing, press, communications and social media for all Invisible Dust’s projects. Prior to working with Invisible Dust, Emma was the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for Derby Museums.
Finance and Admin Assistant
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.
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.
Head of Learning and Participation at SPACE Studios
Lacey is a creative content producer, digital account manager with over nine years of experience in digital communications across content marketing, social media and website management, managing teams and building digital advocacy within organisations.
Senior Digital Manager at London College of Cummunication (UAL)
Shonagh has been an Advisor to Invisible Dust since 2009 and has strategic first-hand knowledge of working with Trusts and Foundations. She sits on numerous panels and has a wealth of strategic management, and artistic experience and manages. In her previous role as Director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation she managed annual budgets of £2 million.
Assistant Director, Culture & Creative Industries, Greater London Authority
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.
International Lawyer who specialises in the Environment