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The Air We Breathe

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  • Discussion
  • Captioned

Watch this recording of the event in which a panel of speakers discuss creative and activist responses to air pollution. Our speakers consider different approaches to visualising the often invisible toxins in the air, which include everything from traffic pollution to tear gas. The discussion is facilitated by Jackson Howarth, Deputy Editor of climate-change magazine It’s Freezing in LA!.

This event is linked to the ‘In the Air’ exhibition at Wellcome Collection. It is also part of the Bloomsbury Festival 2022.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Forum. To get there, take the lift or stairs up to level 1 and then follow the signs through the ‘Being Human’ gallery.

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Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee you a place. You should aim to arrive 15 minutes before the event is scheduled to start to claim your place. If you do not arrive on time, your place may be given to someone on the waiting list.


This event will be Captioned and the captions will be visible throughout the performance space.

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About your contributors

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Jackson Howarth


Jackson Howarth is a writer and editor whose work focuses on the climate and ecological crisis. He is currently the deputy editor of the critically acclaimed independent climate magazine It's Freezing in LA!, which finds ground between science, art and activism.

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Hidden Keileon


Hidden Keileon is a multidisciplinary artist-led non-profit enterprise aiming at building inter-racial solidarity among global majority communities and addressing social issues related to migration and racism.

Larissa Lockwood


Larissa Lockwood is Director of Clean Air at the environmental charity Global Action Plan. She collaborates with others to mobilise action to tackle air pollution, this includes Clean Air Day - the UK’s largest air pollution campaign.  

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Nerea Calvillo


Nerea Calvillo is an interdisciplinary architect and researcher based at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (Warwick). She is founder of the collaborative visualisation project 'In The Air' (www.intheair.es) dedicated to shifting cultural understandings of air pollution and the ecological crisis through art-science based environmental mediations.