Breathing Canterbury

Happy Museum Affiliate the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge in Canterbury has commissioned a project and exhibition, Breathing Canterbury, exploring the effects of air pollution on Canterbury and beyond.  The Beaney commissioned an artist/facilitator, Trudi Field, to work with local partners to create exhibits to raise awareness of this important issue.

Workshop participants included:

  • Art31

  • Barton Court Grammar School,

  • Canterbury and District Early Years Projects

  • Canterbury City Council Environmental Health Department, working with the 2 local primary schools most seriously affected by air pollution

  • Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS), University of Kent at Canterbury

  • Knot the Knit Twits

Breathing Canterbury was created in response to The Beaney’s Happy Museum Affiliateship –  and the Season for Change, an initiative supporting the theme that ‘We believe that the creative community is uniquely placed to transform the conversation around climate change and translate it into action.’

From June to December 2018, more than 200 arts and cultural organisations across the UK are creating events, performances and conversations to inspire creative action on climate change.  The Season will coincide with the landmark UN Climate of Parties ‘COP24’ talks taking place in December, which is critical in meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement.  Season for Change is led by Julie’s Bicycle and Artsadmin, and was initiated from the What Next? movement in association with Battersea Arts Centre. For more information visit

The Beaney hope that the exhibition inspires participants and visitors alike to consider how to help improve the quality of our air!