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…
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.
The 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.
Each Saturday, a different poem will be baked onto at least 200 loaves of Wild White bread and sold to the public through five bakeries across the west country. Poets will be selected from an open call and the arts project will run for at least 10 weeks and (January – March 2020).
The poetry will be printed onto a small sheet of edible rice paper and baked onto the underside of each white loaf. Each Saturday the ‘Poet of the Week’ will be celebrated and for the same price as their standard loaf, the public will be able to purchase, read, share, contemplate and digest this unique artwork.
Bread Poetry combines Luke Jerram’s interest in giving people the opportunity for creative expression, and bringing people together – on this occasion, around the simple act of sharing bread and poetry.
Luke Jerram and Hobbs House Bakery seek original submissions of poetry for inclusion in this art project. If selected, you will receive £200 as payment and you will be celebrated as poet of the week. Find out more here.
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.
An edition of this work is currently on display at the Natural History Museum in London and with over 1 million visitors in just 3 months, has become their most popular exhibition!
Listen to this 30 minute BBC Radio4 programme about the artwork.
In 2019 Luke Jerram was elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
The Extinction Bell tolls once, 150-200 times a day, at random intervals, indicating the number of species lost worldwide every 24 hours.
The Extinction Bell artwork will tour, to be presented in a number of different venues and contexts, including museums of natural history, botanic gardens and zoos. The artwork will be used to raise awareness of the issue of biodiversity loss, and alter the way audiences view existing collections and exhibits within these institutions.
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.”
Palm Temple development
The Palm Temple is an artwork commissioned by Sky Arts in Italy for presentation in London in January 2020.
In September 2019, Luke Jerram was approached by the production company 3D Produzioni in Milan about making an artwork inspired by Brunelleschi’s dome in Florence. The artwork had to be at least 5m in height, fabricated quickly for a temporary presentation. The design and making of the artwork is currently filmed for the programme.
BBC Radio4 Front Row Programme
Radio programme first broadcast in January 2019, presented and written by Luke Jerram, touring interesting walls of his home town in Bristol. Directed by Julian May.
Over the years Jerram has done hundreds of interviews about his artwork on both radio and television. See press area. Only recently has he started informally presenting programmes in this way.
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 6m in diameter the Mars artwork is 1.1million times smaller than the actual planet. Each cm of the sculpture describes 11km 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.
An Introduction to Luke's practice
A two minute showreel of projects narrated by the artist.
Play Me, I'm Yours
Play Me, I’m Yours is an installation of street pianos which are located in cities across the world. The pianos are available for any member of the public to play and enjoy. By creating a place of exchange Play Me, I’m Yours invites the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment.
Reaching millions of people worldwide, more than 2000 street pianos have been installed in over 70 cities across the globe, from London to New York, bearing the simple instruction to ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’.
For more information see the Play Me, I’m Yours website.
Apollo - Sound Sculpture
Working with the music of Philip Glass, this new artwork was created to help fundraise towards St George’s Bristol capital appeal.
The artwork was made by taking wave form of the first 10 seconds Philip Glass music Philip Glass’ Etude No 2 and rotating it about its axis. The music is especially fitting as Philip performed it at his first visit to St George’s in 2013. The sound-wave sculpture, entitled Apollo (for the Greek God of music), consists of approximately 80 hand-blown coloured glass roundels fused together.
After funding to design and produce the sculpture was secured, individuals and companies sponsored each glass roundel to raise money for the building. Over £600,000 was raised through the Apollo artwork towards St George’s £5.5m capital appeal.
Made to contemplate the global impact of the disease, the Glass Microbiology sculptures were created as an alternative representation to the artificially coloured imagery of viruses received through the media.
Luke Jerram’s Glass Microbiology sculptures are in private collections around the world. Museum collections include The Metropolitan Museum NYC, The Corning Museum, The Wellcome Collection, London. Find out more about Glass Microbiology here.
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.