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Pollution Pods by Michael Pinsky - UK Tour, Summer 2019

An immersive installation by artist Michael Pinsky made up of five geodesic domes, emulating polluted environments in cities globally

Manchester: 17–23 June
Portland, Dorset: 29 June–1 July


Over 10,000 visitors worldwide have experienced Michael Pinsky’s immersive artwork, Pollution Pods. They now return to the UK for a strictly limited UK tour.

This unique, interactive installation will take you on a fascinating journey through the pollution and air quality of cities across the world. Step inside a series of climatically controlled pods and compare five contrasting global environments where the air quality, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide levels of five cities is recreated. Starting with the truly clean air of Tautra in Norway, you will continue through the astonishing smog and pollution of London, New Delhi, Beijing and Sao Paolo.

The Pollution Pods were created by artist Michael Pinsky to test whether art can really change people’s perceptions of, and actions around, climate change.

FREE to attend


17–23 June, 9.30am–7.30pm

Media City, The Greenhouse, 101-110 Broadway, Salford M50 2EQ
Presented with Transport for Greater Manchester as part of Clean Air Week 2019

Portland, Dorset

29 June–1 July, 10am–7pm

Stadium Bowl, Fortuneswell, Portland, Dorset DT5 1LZ
Presented in association with b-side

Special Event: Making Art in Times of Crisis
Friday 28 June, 5-7pm


We face one of the biggest catastrophes in our planet's history. Climate change and environmental destruction are causing mass extinction. The threat to life includes the human species. If we go extinct, we are likely to leave an Earth that is uninhabitable to most lifeforms. What is the point of art in the face of death? Can art affect political change? Join artists Michael Pinsky, Leni Dothan and writer and Extinction Rebellion activist Sara Hudston for a lively and incisive discussion. Both artists have made work in response to the ever-increasing threat of pollution, this event includes a tour of Michael Pinsky's ‘Pollution Pods’ and screening of a film about Leni Dothan’s b-side commission ‘The Portland Stone Rehabilitation Centre’.


b-side will be providing transport from Weymouth Station to the site, please indicate on your booking if you would like to use this service.

Pollution Pods has been generously supported by the following organisations

Arts Council England
Build With Hubs
Cape Farewell
International Flavors & Fragrances Ltd
King’s College London
Norwegian Research Council
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
The Norwegian Institute of Air Research (NILU)
University of East London
Manchester kindly supported by Transport for Greater Manchester