Clean Air Day with Better Bankside featuring Dryden Goodwin Artworks and Workshop

Posted on 27.06.2023

Drawing Breath workshop

A fabulous day in Borough Market where we held a ‘Drawing Breath’ workshop led by artist Dryden Goodwin for Better Bankside’s brilliant Clean Air Day (June 15th 2023) – a packed programme of activities and installations exploring air pollution and celebrating air action.

Connected to Dryden Goodwin’s Breathe project – especially installed across Borough Market as part of the day (see below) – the workshop explored what it means to ‘draw’ breath, both into our bodies, and onto the page.

Considering the tension between clean and polluted air, Goodwin led participants to explore mark-making to bring our bodies – and our breath – to life. The afternoon explored the role of drawing in ‘animating’ us – both literally in movement on the page, but also as a community as we campaign for clean air.

Produced in partnership with art-science charity Invisible Dust with the support of the Slade School of Fine Art and the UCL Knowledge Exchange Programme

‘Breathe’ artwork installed in Borough Market

Dryden Goodwin’s ‘Breathe‘ artwork was installed on two sites across Borough Market, to mark Better Bankside’s Clean Air Day celebrations.

The two zoetropic sequences, featuring Rosamund Adoo-Kiss-Debrah CBE and the artist’s son, Heath Cole-Goodwin moving through a laboured breath, will be on view to the many thousands of Londoners and visitors who pass by each day. These link to wider installations of the work across Lewisham and London and the UK.

Taking over roadside buildings, bridges and billboards, Breathe includes over 1,300 original drawings by Goodwin, and has appeared as individual and sequences of posters, both still and animated, and large-scale animated night projections. ‘Breathe’ has been viewed by over 13 million people since its launch in May 2022.

We hope these artworks will be up for the summer and beyond – so let us know if you see them on your travels!

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