We Breathe, Together: A Day of Community Air Action and Exploration

A family-friendly day packed full of free creative workshops, installations and talks exploring our air, health and environment.

Do you dream of a clean air future – and want the tools to take action?

From building (and racing!) your own hydrogen car, learning the skills to create a 2D stop motion clean air animation, to co-designing immersive climate adventures and ink breath painting. Meet incredible local campaigners in our Clean Air Village and listen to expert talks.

As part of the day you can immerse yourself in Airborne, artist Sarah Stirk’s audio-visual installation that seeks to make the invisible threat of pollution visible.

We Breathe, Together is programmed by Invisible Dust for We Are Lewisham, London Borough of Culture 2022, with the support of Arts Council England and the Mayor of London.

Programme

Chocolate Films, animation workshops

  • Times: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm
  • Location: Hands on Base
  • Suitable for ages: 8+
  • Advance booking (coming soon)

Chocolate Films will deliver a hands-on stop motion animation workshop about the call for clean air and the damaging effects of pollution.

Across the day, participants will contribute to an engaging co-created animated film about young people’s fears around the impact of air pollution on communities and their hopes for a clean air future.

Each hour-long session participants will learn practical skills in 2D stop motion animation and use state-of-the-art animation software to create their scenes for the film.

Two children creating 2D animation

Learn how to create a simple animation with Chocolate Films

Climate Museum UK workshops

  • Times: 11am, 12pm and 1pm
  • Location: Pavilion, near the Bandstand
  • Suitable for ages: 8+
  • Advance booking (coming soon)

Join artists from Climate Museum UK to explore the web of connections between air pollution, other environmental issues and your experience.

Create a personal collage to add to a big forest scroll that puts you in this picture, expressing your feelings and actions you can take.

Led by museum’s founder Bridget McKenzie, the hour-long creative workshop uses their museum objects to map these links and deepen our understanding.

Note that as topics such as climate stress and air pollution fatalities will be raised, parents should use discretion about children’s participation.

Ink breath lungs art workshop

  • Times: 11.30am – 4pm drop in
  • Location: Education Centre, next to Shop
  • Suitable for age: 5+
  • Advance booking (coming soon) for first session, then drop in

Make your own beautiful ink breath lung artwork with local artist Cathy Gale, created by blowing onto ink, through a straw, on paper.

Learn how the way ink branches out on the paper mimics the branched structure of our lungs. At the end you’ll have a mini artwork to take home that celebrates the power – and vulnerability – of our lungs.

Join SMASHfest UK who have a mission to widen participation and build diversity in science, technology, engineering and maths, STEM, through the Arts.

A boy blowing link shapes through a straw with paint

Create your own ink breath lungs

Citizen science biodiversity survey

  • Times: 11.30am – 4pm drop in
  • Location: Bandstand Terrace
  • Suitable for age: 5+
  • Advance booking (coming soon) for first session, then drop in

Go on a bug hunt and learn about finding, classifying and recording arthropods: insects, arachnids, crustaceans and more.

Report back your findings and learn about the importance of biodiversity for environmental health, air quality and wellbeing.

All participants are given an Incredible Creatures booklet to take away and work through at their own pace.

Climate Crisis FIRE! Immersive co-design workshop

  • Times: 11.30am – 4pm drop in
  • Location: Bandstand Terrace
  • Suitable for age: 7+
  • Advance booking (coming soon) for first session, then drop in

Develop an immersive adventure exploring life on earth today. Devise storylines, characters and take part in a range of STEM challenges, learning about our impact on the environment – and the ways we can imagine a better future.

Hydrogen car challenge with Arcola Energy workshop

  • Times: 11.30am – 4pm drop in
  • Location: Conservatory
  • Suitable for age: 8+
  • Advance booking (coming soon) for first session, then drop in

Design and race the car of the future!

Putting the technology of the future into your hands, challenge yourself to design the most energy-efficient hydrogen-powered vehicle.

Use a custom-designed LEGO kit and 2W hydrogen fuel cell to build a vehicle, which you will race on the track to try and reach the furthest distance. Come back to keep an eye on the scoreboard throughout the day and see other innovative designs!

A man shows two children part of a car model

Design and race the car of the future in the hydrogen car challenge

Art and Artists

Airborne, Sarah Stirk

Drop in Free, 11am – 5.30pm

Come and be immersed in Airborne by artist Sarah Stirk- an audio-visual installation exposing the impact of air pollution on the health of children in London. The work combines microscopic images of pollution in children’s sputum, and infrared photographs of children revealing veins, with data maps showing illegal levels of pollution in London.

Airborne seeks to make the invisible threat of air pollution visible. With thanks to Bertha Foundation and Arts Council England.

Artist talks and conversations

  • Suitable for age: 16+
  • Advance booking (coming soon)

Featuring leading campaigners, policymakers, scientists and the artist Dryden Goodwin.

  • 3.30pm – Artist Talk by Dryden Goodwin on the genesis of Breathe:2022 (20 mins) followed by an in-conversation with participants Anjali Raman-Middleton, Ted Burke and Alice Hart, led by Invisible Dust producer Lucy Wood (25 mins).
  • 4.45pm – Clean Air Action Panel Talk: Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, Dr Ian Mudway, Dryden Goodwin (30 mins) followed by audience Q and A (15 minutes). Further panellists to be confirmed.

Clean air village

At the clean air village you can meet incredible organisations campaigning for clean air across London and nationwide. Come say hello, find out more about the brilliant work they do and the ways that you can join them and take action!

Mums For Lungs

Mums for Lungs are a network of people who care about air pollution. The group was established in Brixton, London in 2017, when a number of them were on parental leave together. They became aware of the toxic levels of air pollution on the UK’s streets while walking around with their babies, and decided to do something about it. From School Streets to the ULEZ, they have been instrumental in helping implement vital changes in neighbourhoods right across London

“This is an excellent initiative. We need an army of Mums for Lungs if we are to tackle London’s toxic air, which is stunting our children’s lungs and scarring health for a generation.” Nicky Gavron, London Assembly Member and former Deputy London Mayor

Ella Roberta Foundation

The Ella Roberta Foundation was set up by Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah in memory of her daughter, Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, who died of an air pollution-induced respiratory attack at age 9.

The Foundation is campaigning for the UK government to strengthen air pollution targets, in line with the World Health Organisation’s guidelines for the projection of human health. They believe that by raising awareness, people are enabled to make informed decisions about the dangerous health impacts of toxic air, so they can lower their exposure. These decisions could range from walking through a park rather than on a busy road, to giving up wood-burning stoves, to lobbying their MP and the government for ambitious clean air targets.

Choked Up

Founded by a group of black and brown teens living in areas affected by air pollution, Choked Up‘s aim is to make the invisible visible, and to educate the most badly affected communities about the dangers of toxic air. In March 2021, Choked Up erected hacked road signs in Lewisham, Brixton and Whitechapel, pollution hotspots on the Red Routes network.

Climate Action Lewisham

Climate Action Lewisham is a local residents’ action group working to support and generate initiatives in Lewisham that reduce our collective carbon footprint, and promote healthy and thriving neighbourhoods in the face of our climate and ecological crisis.

Friends of the Earth Southwark Chapter

​​Southwark Friends of the Earth is part of a movement transforming social beliefs and culture, creating a safer climate, flourishing nature, and healthy air, water and food. They campaign for change in their community to make a difference to our environment.

About We Breathe, Together

We Breathe, Together extends the conversation around Breathe:2022 by Dryden Goodwin, the ambitious multi-site artwork produced by Invisible Dust. Breathe:2022 combines over 1,000 new drawings, appearing as large-scale still and moving images on sites close to the heavily polluted South Circular Road from May to December 2022.

Relating to the tragic death of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah and the growing battle for climate justice, Breathe:2022 connects the global health emergency of air pollution to the daily lives of local Lewisham residents and activists.

Through creative provocations and interactions ‘Breathe:2022’ and ‘We Breathe, Together’ ask us to stay with the claustrophobia of ‘fighting for breath’ but also begin to look upwards and outwards, towards the power of community action and a clean air future for all.

As part of the day, you can also immerse yourself in Airborne, artist Sarah Stirk’s audio-visual installation that seeks to make the invisible threat of pollution visible.

We Breathe, Together is programmed by Invisible Dust for We Are Lewisham, London Borough of Culture 2022 with the support of Arts Council England and Mayor of London.

Breathe:2022 by Dryden Goodwin was originally commissioned by the Albany and produced by Invisible Dust and presented as part of We Are Lewisham. We Are Lewisham is presented by Lewisham Council and the Albany as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2022.

Information about your visit

All events/activities on the day are free and most are drop-in.

  • Drop-in sessions – The first session for all events/activities will be bookable online in advance and then places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Please note that we expect activities to be busy so some queuing may be necessary on the day.
  • Timed sessions – All timed sessions will be bookable online in advance. Any unallocated tickets will be released on the day and visitors can sign up for these at the event or activity location.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Maximum five tickets per order.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of your timed session.  If you arrive late your ticket(s) may be re-allocated and we cannot guarantee you entry to a later session.

Our partners Invisible Dust are keen to hear from you about the issues raised during the event, and the quality of your experience. Please opt-in to ‘marketing’ when booking to be sent a survey after the event (you can unsubscribe at any time), or complete a survey on the day.