Imagine: Festival of Ideas and Politics

Posted on 06.02.2024

Dryden Goodwin’s Breathe: Public Artwork Fighting Against Air Pollution

Dryden Goodwin and producer Lucy Wood from commissioning organisation Invisible Dust will present on the project, joined for a panel conversation by air pollution research fellow Dr Neil Rowland, QUB.

Breathe, the public artwork by Dryden Goodwin has since 2012 utilised highly visible artistic interventions to explore pressing policy issues around the global health emergency of air pollution.

Its 2022 interaction featured over 1,300 drawings of air pollution campaigners ‘fighting for breath’, taking over bridges, buildings and billboards across London and UK – viewed by over 13 million people.

Breathe has told London’s story of air pollution; generating wide public discourse around policies on city infrastructure and health – but each city has its own. This event will connect London’s air pollution challenges to the work taking place globally. This event will be a chance to explore the power of public art to spark community feeling and campaigning around clean air – and engender a greater stewardship of our shared urban spaces. 

Following the talk the conversation will open up to interested community members to share their perspectives as we develop plans for touring the artwork internationally.

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