The Air We Breathe

  • Free
  • Discussion
  • Speech-to-text
  • Captioned
A close up of an audience seated in the Forum at Wellcome Collection. An audience member is holding a notepad and pen and speaking.
Event in the Forum at Wellcome Collection, Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Come and listen to a panel discussion about creative and activist responses to air pollution. Our speakers will consider different approaches to visualising the often invisible toxins in the air, which include everything from traffic pollution to tear gas. The discussion will be facilitated by Jackson Howarth, Deputy Editor of climate-change magazine It’s Freezing in LA!.

You’ll be able to ask questions and share your thoughts after the panel discussion.

The event will also be live-streamed on Wellcome Collection’s YouTube channel and will be available to watch afterwards. To view online, book an online ticket and you will receive a confirmation email with joining instructions.

This event is linked to the ‘In the Air’ exhibition at Wellcome Collection. It is also part of the Bloomsbury Festival 2022.



The Forum

Livestream event

Tickets via Eventbrite

Need to know


We’ll be in the Forum. To get there, take the lift or stairs up to level 1 and then follow the signs through the ‘Being Human’ gallery.

Place not guaranteed

Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee you a place. You should aim to arrive up to 15 minutes before the event is scheduled to start to claim your place. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at or call 020 7611 2222.


This event will have live speech-to-text transcription, which may be useful for people who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, deafened or neurodiverse. The captions will be displayed on a large screen in-venue and embedded in the event video window online. Ticketholders for the livestream will also receive a link to view the captions in a separate window.


This event will be Captioned and the captions will be visible throughout the performance space. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

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About your contributors

Jackson Howarth


Jackson Howarth is a writer and editor whose work focuses on the climate and ecological crisis. He is currently the deputy editor of the critically acclaimed independent climate magazine It's Freezing in LA!, which finds ground between science, art and activism.

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Hidden Keileon


Hidden Keileon is a multidisciplinary artist-led non-profit enterprise aiming at building inter-racial solidarity among global majority communities and addressing social issues related to migration and racism.

Larissa Lockwood


Larissa Lockwood is Director of Clean Air at the environmental charity Global Action Plan. She collaborates with others to mobilise action to tackle air pollution, this includes Clean Air Day - the UK’s largest air pollution campaign.  

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Nerea Calvillo


Nerea Calvillo is an interdisciplinary architect and researcher based at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (Warwick). She is founder of the collaborative visualisation project 'In The Air' ( dedicated to shifting cultural understandings of air pollution and the ecological crisis through art-science based environmental mediations.