Sediment Spirit: The Activation of Art in the Anthropocene


Sediment Spirit is part of our new season: Planet for our Future: How do we adapt to a Transforming World?

Curated by John Kenneth Paranada, the first Curator of Art and Climate Change at a UK museum, in dialogue with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and Explorers Against Extinction, this exhibition brings together local and international artworks from the 1960’s to the present day which are responding to the climate crisis in all its complexities.

These provocative and interactive artworks invite audiences to view the Earth as a living and responsive being that we play an active part in sustaining. Sediment Spirit acts to remind audiences that our home is not just the house, the building, town or country we reside in, but the Earth itself. The artworks in Sediment Spirit connect us back to the corporeal, poetic, social and visceral experience of human-made climate change. They expand our capacity to re-imagine our surroundings and how we might exist within them in more sustainable ways to provoke new ways of living, offering ways forward by providing hope and imagination.

Sediment Spirit presents works by:
Salvatore Arancio, Paul Cocksedge, Richard Deacon, Henry Driver, Ackroyd & Harvey, Karrabing Film Collective, Roelof Louw, Claudia Martínez Garay, Mario Merz, Paulo Nazareth, Tabita Rezaire, Anj Smith, Shireen Seno, Superflex, Derek Tumala and Emily Young.

Please note that due to a broken lift, the Mezzanine gallery is currently not fully accessible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this and we are working hard to repair it as soon as possible.

Our new Universal Ticket allows access to our entire gallery. This ticket operates on a ‘Pay If and What You Can’ basis. Upon arrival, please go to gallery reception where our universal ticket is available. No pre-booking necessary.

Image: ‘We Are Having The Time of Our Lives’, 2019, SUPERFLEX. Courtesy of von Bartha. Photo credit: Pinelopi Gerasimou. Courtesy of Onassis Stegi.