Curator & Director, Invisible Dust
To make the invisible visible, artists have an important role in increasing our understanding of climate change, the environment and how we can live more sustainably. Invisible Dust is a not-for-profit organisation that has raised over £1 million to commission art projects relating to the environment. It was founded in 2009 by Alice Sharp, who was previously the curator of the Fourth Plinth with Antony Gormley.
Artists have many ways of making things visible and, particularly since the Land Art movement in the 1960s and 1970s, have responded to changes in the natural environment in a variety of forms. At the same time, artists are increasingly exploring data hacking, real-time sensors and technological advances, such as smart buildings, that offer new sustainable ways of living.
Through Invisible Dust, Alice’s mission is to encourage awareness of, and meaningful responses to, climate change, technological and environmental issues and air pollution. ‘Through this award, I hope to gain more recognition for the work that Invisible Dust does to bring leading artists and scientists together to produce exciting new art commissions to large audiences’, Alice told PQ. ‘Each artwork explores themes such as flooding, air pollution, the Arctic and the oceans from a new angle, and Invisible Dust has engaged audiences of 600,000’.
Alice hopes the award will help to raise the profile of Invisible Dust 2015 projects, including Adam Chodzko’s new film about why we are not changing our behaviour when we know about climate change. The film, Deep Above, will be premiered at the Watershed as part of Bristol European Green Capital in Autumn 2015.