Luke Jerram

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Luke Jerrram (born 1969)[1] is a British installation artist.[2] He creates sculptures, large installations,[3] and live arts projects.

With many of his artworks in permanent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Wellcome Collection in London, he also tours his art installations to art festivals and museums worldwide. In 2018 alone he had 73 exhibitions in 21 different countries.


Jerram has a set of different narratives that make up his practice which are developing in parallel with one another. Gaining extensive international media coverage he has exhibited with many of the established cultural organisations around the world. He is known globally for his innovative arts practice and large scale public artworks.

His artwork Museum of the Moon is one of the newest arts projects that has caught the public’s imagination which is currently touring. The artwork has recently toured India with the British Council and has also been presented at both the Commonwealth Games in Australia and in Aarhus, Denmark for the European Capital of Culture.

Since 2008 his celebrated street pianos installation Play Me, I’m Yours has been presented in over 60 cities and been enjoyed by more than 10 million people worldwide. Launched by the French Minister of Culture in Paris and Mayor Bloomberg in NYC, the installation has received press coverage in almost every newspaper and television station around the globe. This installation triggered a global movement of pianos being installed in public places across the world by organisations and individuals, for people to play.

In 2014, giant installation Park and Slide made international headline news, creating 500 news stories reaching an estimated 1 billion people worldwide. As a consequence of the success of this artwork, several commercial companies sprung up (not affiliated with Luke Jerram), installing temporary slides in cities of America, Europe and Australia. Hundreds of thousands of pounds, have also been raised by charities touring their own urban slides across the UK.

Jerram’s Glass Microbiology artworks are in museum collections around the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Shanghai Museum of Glass, Wellcome Collection (London) and Corning Museum of Glass (USA). In 2010 Jerram won the coveted Rakow Award for this work and a fellowship at the Museum of Glass, Washington. In 2015 his sculptures were presented alongside the work of Leonardo da Vinci at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore. Jerram’s sculptures are also respected in the scientific community with features in The Lancet, Scientific American, BMJ and on the front cover of Nature Magazine.

The Sky Orchestra is another critically acclaimed large scale touring project, which grew out of Europe’s largest arts award – a three year NESTA Fellowship. In 2013 they flew over Derry/Londonderry for UK City of Culture. The Mayor of London and LIFT commissioned Sky Orchestra to fly over London to celebrate a year to go until the London Olympics 2012. In 2007 they launched the Sydney Festival and in 2006 they were commissioned by the RSC and Fierce to fly over Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Jerram has also created unusual gift artworks for his friends and family. In 2006 he made a Talking Engagement Ring for his girlfriend. The ring has his proposal etched onto the outside of it which can be played back using a miniature record player. In 2011, the Talking Ring project was presented at MOMA, Museum of Modern Art, NYC.

Jerram’s ongoing research of perception is fuelled by the fact that he is colour blind. He studies the qualities of space and perception in extreme locations, from the freezing forests of Lapland to the sand dunes of the Sahara desert. New ways of seeing and new artworks emerge from these research field trips. Works such as Retinal Memory Volume, Sky Orchestra and his Glass Microbiology series have emerged from Jerram exploring the edges of perception. Published by The Watershed, Art in Mind is a book written by Jerram that tracks much of his early perceptual research.

Jerram builds and manages specialist teams of engineers, craftsmen and technicians to help him realise his works. From composers to glass blowers, medieval musicologists to hot air balloonists. In this way, he says "I’m only limited by my imagination in what can be produced. Anything is possible."

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally for 20 years, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe.

With many of his artworks in permanent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Wellcome Collection in London, he also tours his art installations to art festivals and museums worldwide. In 2017 alone he had 40 exhibitions in 18 different countries.

Luke Jerram is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, UWE.

In 2000 Jerram taught in war torn Mostar, Bosnia and he continues to teach and lecture both in the UK and abroad. His most notable lectures include those at The European Space Agency, The Banff Centre, ROM – Royal Ontario Museum, ICA – Institute of Contemporary Art, Corning Museum, Wellcome Collection, Royal Collage of Art, The Ruskin School of Art, University of Washington, Nagoya University.

Luke Jerram lives in Bristol UK with his wife and two children.

Creative partnerships[edit]

Organisations from many different fields have commissioned Jerram’s artwork since he began his career.

Major Institutions: British Council, Pan Am Games, The Mayor of London, United Nations, National Trust, English Heritage, Commonwealth Games 2014, Commonwealth Games 2018, University of Salford Engineering, Warwick University, DFCS, Institute of Physics, Channel 4, Canary Wharf Group, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, The Polish Cultural Institute, University of West of England, BBC Radio 3 and 4.

Arts Organisations: European Capital of Culture 2010, European Capital of Culture 2017, Art Centre Melbourne, ROM, Jerwood Centre, De la Warr Pavilion, Compton Verney, NESTA, Site Gallery, Arnolfini, ICA, Watershed, UK City of Culture, RWA, Witte de With, Arts Catalyst, Museum of Glass Washington, Museum Micropia, National Glass Centre, UMOCA, Futurecity, Grizedale Sculpture, Birmingham Museums Trust, Corning Museum of Glass, Museums at Night, All Rights Reserved, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Brighton Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, INSITU and Without Walls.

Scientific Community: Wellcome Trust, UK Space Agency, EPSRC, Leverhulme, Pirbright Institute, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), KREBS – University of Sheffield, Cosmo Caixa, Bristol and Bath Science Park, ISVR University of Southampton Phaeno Science Museum, Singapore ArtScience Museum, The Science Museum London, MUSE Trento,Think Tank, at-Bristol, University of Bristol and The Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

Theatre and Music Organisations: RSC – Royal Shakespeare Company, Sydney Festival, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Kimmel Centre, LIFT, City of London Festival, Concurs Maria Canal, Helsinki Festival, Incubate Festival, Colston Hall, Fierce Earth, St.Georges Bristol. Lakes Alive, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Brighton Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and Without Walls.

Electronic Multimedia Arts: 01SJ, Osnabrueck Media Arts Centre, Frequency, FACT, Watershed, RIXC, Da2, ACMI, TecArt, GoGoBot, V2, GOGBOT.


Jerram lives in Bristol with his wife and two children.[citation needed] He is colour blind.[4]

Selected works[edit]

Part of 'Withdrawn' by Jerram consisting of boats stranded high above Avon Gorge in Leigh Woods.
  • Museum of the Moon
  • Aeolus
  • Dream Director
  • Play Me,I'm Yours
  • Glass Microbiology
  • Museum of the Moon
  • Park and Slide
  • Sky Orchestra
  • Tide
  • Maya[5]
  • Withdrawn (2015)[6]

Selected awards[edit]

  • Fellowship at Museum of Glass, Washington. 2011
  • ACE Grants for the Arts Programme, Touring of Aeolus 2010
  • 25th Rakow Award from The Corning Museum of Glass] 2010
  • EPSRC, PPE Grant with ISVR, Southampton University 2009
  • ACE Grants for the Arts Programme, Touring of the Dream Director 2008
  • UK Clark Digital Arts Bursary, Watershed 2006
  • AHRC Arts and Science Fellowship at UWE 2005-2006
  • NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and Arts) Fellowship 2002-2005
  • ACE Arts Council Touring Grant for Tide 2001
  • Da2 Digital Arts Development Agency [7] 1999



  1. ^ "CV". Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Bristol artist Luke Jerram to maroon fleet of boats in Leigh Woods in new project" Archived 2015-07-02 at the Wayback Machine. The Bristol Post, February 10, 2015 by Michael Ribbeck
  3. ^ "Luke Jerram's Ghost Boats set to sail in Leigh Woods". ITV
  4. ^ "At the Edge of Perception - You Should Know" SEED Magazine by Greg Boustead
  5. ^ "Luke Jerram pixelated sculpture at Bristol Temple Meads". BBC News Bristol.
  6. ^ "Withdrawn". Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  7. ^ Clarkes Digital Bursary Archived 2010-12-02 at the Wayback Machine

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