Breathe:2022, Dryden Goodwin. Image courtesy the artist and invisible Dust, 2022.
18th May – December 2022
On multiple sites across Lewisham and the UK
“Art is a way of making the invisible visible, that’s why I’m part of this project. It’s about awareness, about getting everybody on board. Politicians say people aren’t ready, but they are ready. We can’t go back, there’s no turning back now – it’s a red alert, it’s a public health crisis”
Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, Founder of the Ella Roberta Family Foundation and Breathe:2022 Participant
Breathe:2022 by Dryden Goodwin is a multifaceted artwork combining over 1,300 new drawings appearing as large-scale still and moving images on sites close to the heavily polluted South Circular Road from 18th May – December 2022. Relating to the tragic death of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah and the growing battle for climate justice, it works with the most impacted communities to connect this global health emergency to the daily lives of local Lewisham residents and activists.
Alongside ‘We Breathe, Together‘ – a day of community air action and exploration at the Horniman which took place on the 17th September 2022 – and the ambitious Drawing Breath schools programme running across the Autumn, Breathe:2022 will culminate as large-scale public projection on the Old Town Hall in Catford animating over 1,300 new drawings from the 30th November to 14th December 2022.
“For people of colour in particular we are forced to choose between our communities and culture, and our health – this isn’t a choice that anyone should have to make”
Anjali Raman-Middleton, Co Founder of Choked up and Breathe:2022 participant
Breathe:2022– On sites close to the South Circular Road, Lewisham
Drawings from Breathe:2022 appeared as large-scale zoetropic sequences of posters on a range of railway bridges and buildings, and as still and moving images on over 250 JCDecaux digital screens as part of their newly launched Community Channel initiative.
Appearing as a staged visual takeover of the borough over six months, starting in the choked underpasses of busy bridges, through to roadside hoardings and buildings, and finally projected up high – Breathe:2022 asks us to both stay with the claustrophobia of ‘fighting for breath’ but begin to look upwards and outwards, towards the possibilities of community action and a clean air future for all.
Breathe:2022 on the Euston Road for the Bloomsbury Festival
In October 2022 Breathe:2022 toured into central London as part of this year’s Bloomsbury Festival – Large scale zoetropic sequences of figures were ‘fighting for breath’ on the railings of St Pancras Church alongside Euston Road, one of the most polluted roads in Europe.
Breathe:2022 on 200+ JCDecaux screens across London and the UK
Breathe:2022 artwork has been featured on over 250+ digital screens as part of the JCD Community Channel initiative – where it has been seen by over 13 million people to date.
Breathe:2022 – The science of air pollution impacts
Breathe:2022 is informed and supported by the project’s lead scientific consultant, Dr Ian Mudway of the MRC Centre for Environment and Health, Imperial College London, who brings over 25 years of world-leading research in environmental toxicology. Currently, Dr Mudway’s work is focused on understanding early life impacts of pollutants on the development of the lung and cognitive function in children living within urban populations.
Breathe:2022 at the Wellcome Collection
Breathe:2022 featured at the Wellcome Collection, who hosted original drawings, and a sound piece created from the participants’ words as part of the acclaimed ‘In the Air’ exhibition, open to the public until October 2022.
Meet the Breathe:2022 Participants
Breathe:2022 – Ten Years of air pollution, and unequal progress
Read our latest blog post looking at how ten years have changed the landscape around air pollution understanding – and how far we still have to go.
The Clean Air Hub provides lots of resources and help, and to check the pollution levels where you live – the Central Office of Public Interest have created a great form where inputting your postcode will generate a free air pollution report – addresspollution.org. It makes harrowing, but galvanising, reading.
From September 2022 we are running Drawing Breath – a schools programme enabling over 130 secondary pupils from across Lewisham the chance to work with Goodwin to co-create an ambitious air pollution-focussed animation.
Breathe:2022: Watch the Launch Panel at Ninth Life, Catford – 18th May 2022
Breathe:2022 – About
Breathe:2022 by Dryden Goodwin is produced by Invisible Dust and commissioned by The Albany for ‘We are Lewisham’ – the programme for Lewisham, London Borough of Culture 2022, with the support of the Wellcome Collection. The London Borough of Culture is supported by the Mayor of London.
From venues to parks and street corners, We Are Lewisham will tell the story of Lewisham’s trailblazers past and present via music, dance, debate, public art and more. With a call to action on the climate emergency and a celebration of Lewisham’s diverse communities, the year-long programme is inspired by the borough’s rich history of activism and standing up for equality. Jointly led by Lewisham Council and The Albany, We Are Lewisham will bring together all of our neighbourhoods, communities and stories.