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…
Power of Light
To celebrate the 125th anniversary of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Luke has been working in Freetown, Sierra Leone in collaboration with their ARISE programme.
Helping to empower local communities they installed 21 solar powered LED streetlights within the informal settlements (sometimes referred to as slums) of Freetown. Collaborating with 10 local artists to create light sculptures around ARISE themes of safety, education, work, play, and pride, the sculptures were paraded through Freetown as part of a streetlighting opening ceremony.
A documentary film has been made by Cinematica Media which will then form part of a new large scale arts installation to be presented back in the UK, later this year. Find out more….
Edible Histories is a new arts project that’s being created as part of the Bristol 650 celebrations.
Throughout the year, five objects will be selected from museums and other venues, across Bristol, that tell the story of the city. 1-2m sized replicas of the objects will then be created in fairtrade chocolate by the award-winning Bristol chocolatier Zara’s Chocolates – wrapped in gold foil and displayed with the original pieces within back these much-loved attractions.
In October, the five chocolate objects will be brought together for the first time as part of a free public event. Chosen through an online ballot, 10 members of the public, will ceremoniously break the objects, using specially designed giant hammers. These special few will be the first to taste the chocolate and distribute some to the public who’ve come to witness the event. Raising money for local charities as a part of this event, Luke and his team are also distributing the chocolate to foodbanks across the city.
First Breath is a new artwork commissioned by Manchester’s newest venue Factory International.
Each evening during January 2023 First Breath cast powerful beams of light up into the clouds to celebrate new life. The lights gently pulsed to represent the number of babies born each day across Greater Manchester. Audiences were able to get up close to the artwork, walking in and around the installation, as well as witnessing it from vantage points across the city.
Oil Fountain is a new artwork just completed to make us think about how oil has built contemporary society and how we need to quickly move away from this dependency. The artwork is also a venue and meeting place for experts to come together to discuss ways out of the climate crisis. Find out more here.
Crossings is a new installation artwork by Luke Jerram in collaboration with BBC Radio4 producer Julian May, which was commissioned by Compton Verney for presentation during summer 2022.
The installation consisted of 9 rowing boats on the lake at Compton Verney. Each of the boats played audio of stories from around the world. In choosing a story and rowing out into the lake for 30 minutes participants were taken on an audio journey, transported to another life and circumstance.
The artwork will now tour to other venues to be presented in lakes, canals and docklands across the UK. Contact us if your organisation is interested in presenting this artwork.