Luke Jerram

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 world. With over 25 years experience in creating successful artworks, in 2021 alone he had 104 exhibitions in 17 different countries.

As well as touring his installations, his artworks are in over 50 permanent collections around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Wellcome Collection in London.

In 2020 was given an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bristol, made an Honorary Academician of the RWA and Fellow of  The Royal Astronomical Society.

His artwork the Museum of the Moon is one of Luke’s most successful arts projects that has caught the public’s imagination which so far has been presented in different ways, more than 300 times in 30 different countries. Since 2008 his celebrated street pianos installation ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ has been presented in over 70 cities and been enjoyed by more than 10 million people worldwide. Luke has installed over 2000 street pianos, but this art project has also been copied by different organisations, creating a global movement of pianos being installed in public places for people to play. The concept has now become part of culture.

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 2020 his sculptures of COVID-19, were used extensively worldwide by the press, to communicate the nature of the pandemic.  Jerram’s sculptures are also respected in the scientific community with features in The LancetScientific AmericanBMJ and on the front cover of Nature Magazine. In 2015 his sculptures were presented alongside the work of Leonardo da Vinci at the Artscience Museum, Singapore. In 2010 Jerram won the coveted Rakow Award for this work and a fellowship at the Museum of Glass, Washington.

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 anechoic chambers, to the freezing forests of Lapland and sand dunes of the Sahara desert new ways of seeing emerge from these research field trips. Works such as Retinal Memory VolumeSky Orchestra and the Impossible Garden have emerged from Jerram exploring the edges of perception. Published in 2009 by The Watershed, ‘Art in Mind’ is a book written by Jerram that tracks much of his early perceptual research.

Gallery Images (from left) 

  • Aeolus, Acoustic Wind Pavilion 2011
  • Aeolus, Acoustic Wind Pavilion 2011
  • Collection of Viruses
  • Gaia at Salisbury Cathedral 2019
  • Gaia
  • Photo of Luke Jerram by National Environmental Research Council 
  • Museum of the Moon, University of Bristol
  • Luke Jerram with Coronavirus Vaccine 



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