Luke Jerram's multidisciplinary arts practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live artworks. Living in the UK, but working internationally, Jerram creates art projects which excite and inspire people around the world.
Here is the latest news about his work…
Bridges, not Walls
This new temporary installation artwork has been commissioned by the Eisteddfod in Llangollen, for presentation in July 2021. With support from the Welsh Government, this will be Luke’s first major commission for the country.
The Dreamtime Fellowship is now open to applications from Bristol-based artists who have graduated from a BA or MA Fine Art course from any institution within the last five years. Initiated and funded by Luke Jerram the fellowship gives him the opportunity to support up and coming artists in his home city of Bristol. The successful applicant will be granted:
- 24-hour access to a shared studio space at Spike Island for a year (from October 2021 to September 2022).
- Annual membership to the Spike Island Associates network, which offers free access to regular talks, studio visits from artists, critics and curators, and peer-to-peer learning and support.
- A £5,000 bursary.
- Mentoring sessions with Luke Jerram throughout the year.
Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine - Made in Glass
To mark the ten millionth vaccination in the UK, international artist Luke Jerram has now made and released a sculpture of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in glass.
The artwork, which is 34cm across, is 1 million times larger than the actual nanoparticle. Created from borosilicate glass, it is made from the same materials and techniques used in medical scientific glassware for test tubes and distilleries.
With five limited editions of this artwork being made, all profits from the sale of this new artwork are going to the global charity Médecins Sans Frontières to help communities heavily impacted by the pandemic. Find out more
In Memoriam is a touring temporary memorial made of hospital bedsheets, for the public to visit and remember all those we have lost from the COVID-19 pandemic. The artwork is also made in tribute to all the healthcare workers and volunteers who have been risking their lives during the crisis.
Presented in the open air and in windy locations, the structure allows the public to enter, contemplate and explore the artwork, whilst adhering to the rules of social distancing. The installation will also act as a space where events and ceremonies can be programmed to take place under the array of flags.
Find out more here.
Gaia on Tour
Gaia is now on tour to multiple venues around the world. The artwork was recently presented in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral for River Festival Liverpool and had over 200,000 visitors in just one month!
This new touring artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet, floating in three-dimensions and aims to create a sense of the Overview Effect, which was first described by author Frank White in 1987. Common features of the experience for astronauts are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
The artwork also acts as a mirror to major events in society. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the artwork may provide the viewer with a new perspective of our place on the planet; a sense that societies of the Earth are all interconnected and that we have a responsibility toward one another. After the lockdown, there has been a renewed respect for nature.
The slowly turning sculpture is presented with a specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones. The artwork also acts as a venue for related events to take place beneath the Earth.
Museum of the Moon: On Tour
Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by Luke Jerram that is being presented at a number of different arts, science and cultural venues over the coming years. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition.
The artwork has recently been presented at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, toured five cities of India with the British Council and been presented in Aarhus, Denmark for the European Capital of Culture. Last year it was on display at the Natural History Museum in London and in just 6months, over 2.1 million visitors came to see the artwork making it one of their most popular exhibitions in the museums history!
Listen to this 30 minute BBC Radio4 programme about the artwork.
In 2019 Luke Jerram was elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
This sculpture of MARS is now touring. Its just been presented at the Natural History Museum in London for the UK Space Agency to celebrate their work on the NASA Perseverance Rover mission.
The artwork offers the chance for the public to study the surface of the planet up close and in three dimensions. Created from high resolution NASA data, at 7m in diameter the Mars artwork is 1.1million times smaller than the actual planet. Each cm of the sculpture describes 10km on the surface of Mars.
Like Luke Jerram’s other artworks the Museum of the Moon and Gaia, this new Mars artwork is designed to tour and be presented in a range of different contexts and cultures. Over the coming months Luke will be researching humanities historical relationship with Mars, drawing out the stories, myths and beliefs which he hopes to present back to the public.
New Book 'Luke Jerram: Art, Science & Play'
Luke Jerram: Art, Science & Play provides a fascinating insight into the evolving practice of international artist Luke Jerram. With over fifty colour photographs and two specially commissioned texts by Ken Arnold (Wellcome Collection) and Mark Ball (Manchester International Festival) the publication delves into the mind of an artist known for his imaginative ability to combine art, science and play, showing us that (in his own words) “anything is possible.”
Bloomberg Television Documentary
This brilliant 25 minute documentary describes Luke Jerram’s arts practice and interviews some of his recent collaborators. Filmed by Northern Town Media, Brilliant Ideas looks at the most exciting and acclaimed artists at work in the world today. Artists in the series include Grayson Perry, Cornelia Parker and Anish Kapoor.