The Hospital Club Lobby

31st October – 6th November

Monday – Saturday 10am-7pm

Sunday 10am – 5pm

To coincide with the Bigger Picture Week at the Hospital Club in London, María José Arceo will have two works on display in the lobby of the club to introduce her new project ‘Thames Memory & the Exploration of Future Dust’, a multi-disciplinary project that aims to creatively challenge and inform our understanding of the widespread dispersion of plastic debris on both fluvial and marine environments.

 In addition on 3rd November, María will introduce her latest project during a Lunchtime Artist’s Talk at the Bellini Bar of the Hospital Club (this event is now fully booked).

Somos Mar (2015). Installation View

Somos Mar (2015). Installation View

Plastic pollution is fast becoming the most ubiquitous environmental and archaeological ‘signature’ of the Anthropocene, but it has yet to be recognised in the wider public realm. With a focus on London’s river Thames, this initiative brings together a wide network of cross-disciplinary partnerships in order to jointly Educate, Engage, Quantify, Visualise and Advocate for a cleaner Thames.

Between September 2016 and September 2017, the artist Maria Arceo will conduct a whole river clean-up operation across all accessible foreshore beaches of the tidal Thames, assisted by a comprehensive research team from King’s College London Departments of Geography, Chemistry, Informatics and members from Thames21.

Throughout the project, KCL students and members of the public will be invited to take part at a wide programme of clean-ups, public talks, lectures, events, and interactive workshops that will explore the histories, geographies, material properties and sustainable management solutions of plastics across various environments.

It will culminate in Autumn 2017, with a large interactive workshop installation led by Maria Arceo and KCL students that will display KCL research findings and expose the real magnitude – both scientifically and visually – of the tide of plastic litter that runs off from London streets to the Thames, and ultimately to the ocean.

After the final construction of a large art installation, the artist will invite design and science students to collaborate in the creation of a permanent commemorative object made from all the recycled plastic that will stand as both; a lasting reminder of the origin and true scale of the problem, and as a symbol of London’s determination to lead the way towards a more sustainable future.

 Main partners:  King’s College London, Thames 21, Port of London Authorities, Totally Thames Festival, Tideway, Hubbub, and Thames Estuary Partnership, Thames Litter Forum, eXXpedition RoundBritain 2017, Environmental Agency.


The event below is now fully booked.


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