Breathe for Ella – 15th February 2023, South Bank

5pm – 8pm 15th February 2023, Rambert and Green Room 99 Upper Ground, SE1 9PP

Music and Performances from 5pm, projection switch on at 6pm

On the 10th anniversary of the passing of 9-year-old Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah – the first person in the world to have ‘air pollution’ listed as a cause of death – artist Dryden Goodwin’s iconic ‘Breathe’ animation will be projected large-scale on London’s South Bank in her memory.

Projected on the side of the Rambert Building, positioned next to the busy Waterloo Bridge, will be animated images of Ella’s mother – the extraordinary clean air campaigner Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah CBE – ‘fighting for breath’. The projection will be lit from dusk (circa 6pm) till dawn (circa 7am) for three nights from the 15th Feb.

Join Invisible Dust, Rosamund Adoo-Kissi Debrah and the Ella Roberta Family Foundation along with Dryden Goodwin and a range of special guests, for the dramatic night projection, music and speeches in honour of Ella’s legacy. It will be a chance for people across London and the UK to come together to #BreatheForElla, show our support for #EllasLaw and call for a clear air future for all.

Breathe for Ella: A new iteration of Dryden Goodwin’s Breathe:2022

Last year, acclaimed artist Goodwin spent time with Rosamund and other local clean air campaigners for air pollution focused campaign Breathe:2022, recording and drawing them as they move through a laboured breath. The end result – 1,300 new drawings – took over Lewisham in the form of large-scale zoetropic posters and as a final animated projection on the Old Town Hall in Catford, opened by the Mayor of London Sadiq Kahn. The work was a climate emergency commission for We are Lewisham, London Borough of Culture 2022.

Now for the first time, with the support of the Clean Air Fund, a new iteration of this animated work will be shown on the South Bank- bringing the vital conversation around air pollution right into the heart of the capital in a clarion call for change.

Breathe For Ella: Inspired by Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah CBE

Rosamund has spent the last decade striving for clean air justice for her daughter and all that come after her, through the vital work of the Ella Roberta Family Foundation – founded in her daughter’s memory. ‘Ella’s Law’ is a vital first step in addressing the often devastating health impacts of air pollution. Passed through the House of Lords, it is now making its way through the House of Commons and we call on everyone to urge their MP to support the law.

Get Involved: Activities commence from 5pm at the Green Room by the Rambert, South Bank (SE1 9PP, London).

Come along to #BreatheForElla and show your support for #EllasLaw – calling for a clean air future for all. Search @Invisible_Dust and #BreatheForElla for more info.

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