Gaia by Luke Jerram at All Saints' Church Notting Hill

Gaia by Luke Jerram at All Saints' Church Notting Hill

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Gaia by Luke Jerram at All Saints’ Church Notting Hill

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Book free individual tickets separately. Entrance is for 30 minutes. Please return any unneeded tickets nearer the time. Presented as part of Kensington and Chelsea Festival. See the website for a full programme of events.

Why not shop at Portobello and Golborne Road Market on your way to or from you Gaia visit? The world famous Market is a very short walk away from All Saints' Church. On Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August, come and make a day of Festival activities by booking Gaia and then going to Jubilee Square to see some of the country's finest outdoor arts and dance companies perform for free in the afternoon. Plus next to All Saints' Church on Saturday 13 August 12noon to 7pm is Steel the Show, a free afternoon of Steel Pan performances. No tickets required for the outdoor events. Details on the Festival website.

Please note - In the 9pm slot on Friday 12 August there is a Steel Pan performance in the Church instead of the usual Gaia sound track.

Kensington and Chelsea Festival is run and funded by Kensington and Chelsea Council. Sponsors are Cadogan and The Earls Court Development Agency.

Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven meters in diameter, Gaia features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface*. The artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet on this scale, floating in three - dimensions.

The installation creates 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. Watch this great film about the phenomenon.

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 on another. After the lock-down, there has been a renewed respect for nature.

A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture. In Greek Mythology Gaia is the personification of the Earth. Gai has been created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

*The imagery for the artwork has been compiled from Visible Earth series, NASA.

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally since 1997, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Jerram has a set of different narratives that make up his practice which are developing in parallel with one another. He is known worldwide for his large scale public artworks.

There are three sites for Gaia's visit to the borough. This listing is for the third run which is indoors at All Saints’ Church Notting Hill, Clydesdale Road, London W11 1JS

Free tickets must be booked for All Saints' Church. This site is fully accessible.

Why not sign-up to volunteer and join the crew looking after Gaia? Information is on the volunteering page

Check the website and social media on the day of performance for updated times as the weather may mean the schedule has to change. This location does not have public toilets. Please use public transport if possible rather than driving, take picnic plastic home to recycle and bring refillable drinking flasks.

Please note if booking tickets for Gaia, your email address will be added to enable you to receive the weekly Kensington and Chelsea Festival Newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time. All information is held securely in compliance with GDPR.

Climate Emergency

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. The Council is committed to showing leadership, empowering residents and working with everyone to address the climate crisis. We’ve already seen the devastating impacts that climate change has had globally as well as locally, such as the floods in Kensington and Chelsea in the summer of 2020. Like the pandemic has, climate change affects people disproportionally, and we have a duty to protect the most vulnerable residents and ensure that no one is left behind.

In October 2019, Kensington and Chelsea Council declared a climate emergency and adopted two new ambitious carbon reduction targets: to become a net zero carbon organisation by 2030 and a carbon neutral borough by 2040. Tackling climate change and reducing carbon emissions is one of the five environmental priorities of the Council’s Green Plan.

In light of the climate emergency declaration, Kensington and Chelsea Council has developed a new five-year Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP), which will be launched late summer/early autumn.

The Climate Emergency Action Plan is split under six priority areas and includes more than 150 climate actions:

• Buildings & Energy

• Sustainable Transport & Travel

• Waste & Circular Economy

• Leading by example

• People & Partnerships

• Places & Greener Borough.

Our vision is to have a greener, fairer, sustainable, resilient borough and for our transition to a low-carbon economy to be inclusive and fair, so everyone feels empowered to take action. We will reduce carbon emissions at pace while tackling inequalities, improving the wellbeing of all residents, protecting the most disadvantaged and climate-vulnerable communities, and enabling a fair transition to a thriving green economy, with green recovery at the heart of Covid-19 recovery.

Please get in touch if you would like to hear more about what the Council is doing to tackle climate change. Let’s all imagine a borough where people, communities and ecosystems can flourish. Share your ideas on how to make the borough carbon neutral by emailing us at: We want to hear from you and we are looking for active participation from residents, schools, local organisations and businesses.

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