Breathe, a major new work by artist Dryden Goodwin opens on 8 October

The work will be displayed on a large video screen positioned on Gassiot House at St Thomas’ Hospital, clearly visible from Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. Artist Dryden Goodwin has created an animation from over a thousand pencil drawings showing the breathing of his five-year-old son.

Alice Sharp (Invisible Dust curator) linked Goodwin with Professor Frank Kelly, an expert on lung health at King’s College London and an advisor to the Government on air pollutants. Kelly’s recent research, the EXHALE programme, has focused on the effects of measures such as the Congestion Charge and the Low Emission Zone on the lung health of children living in East London, whose developing respiratory systems are particularly sensitive to changes in air quality.

The work will be launched on Monday 8 October and will continue (from dusk, each evening) until 28 October.

The ‘Breathe’ education programme includes artist Effie Coe, who is part of the EXHALE scientific team, working with pupils in 20 East London Primary Schools. Past Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen will produce poetry workshops and Coe will create ink breath drawings inspired by ‘Breathe’ with pupils from the Evelina Children’s Hospital School, at St Thomas’ Hospital. Further information about the art and science will be available on the Invisible Dust website

Breathe is part of the ‘Invisible Breath’ series around air pollution and breathing with artists HeHe, Faisal Abdu’Allah and Dryden Goodwin, supported by the Wellcome Trust. Breathe is also funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, and Arts Council England.