30 May - 1 July 2021
Tickets: £13.50 (kids go free)
Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NN
Following a sold-out display in summer 2020, as part of the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, Luke Jerram’s awe-inspiring art installation Gaia is returning to the Old Royal Naval College this summer. Due to overwhelming demand, Gaia is returning for a full month in pride of place in the magnificent Painted Hall, along with an exciting series of extended opening hours on Fridays. This monumental internally-lit sculpture, measuring seven metres in diameter, was created using 120dpi NASA imagery and is an exact scale replica of our planet.
UK artist Jerram aims to instil a sense of the ‘Overview Effect’ that astronauts experience when looking down at Earth from space: feelings of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life and a sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the outdoors and nature becoming a haven for so many, Gaia acts as a mirror to society to provide the viewer with a new perspective of our precious planet.
Gaia is 1.8 million times smaller than Earth, with each centimetre of the sculpture representing 18km of the Earth’s surface. By standing 211 metres away from the slowly rotating artwork, viewers can see the Earth as it appears from the moon while enjoying a specially made surround-sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones. The sculpture provides an amazing opportunity for visitors to the Painted Hall to view Earth as it appears from space, floating in three dimensions like a ‘blue marble’.
How can I see Gaia?
You can experience Gaia with all 500 Years of History & Painted Hall tickets from 30 May – 1 July. Opening hours are 10am-5pm.
Friday Evening Viewing
Friday evening sessions will illuminate visitors’ worlds every Friday in June, between 5-10pm. These extended openings will allow visitors into the Painted Hall after hours, to experience Gaia in a whole new light, with the internally-lit sculpture appearing even more magnificent after dark. The Painted Hall Shop and Café will also remain open to enjoy food and drink along with the Baroque and contemporary art upstairs in the Hall.
The Friday evening sessions are now SOLD OUT, but you can still see Gaia with a 500 Years of History & Painted Hall ticket between 30 May – 1 July.
Visiting With Children
The Painted Hall is open to children of all ages, and Gaia is a wonderful opportunity to spark their imaginations. For 6-12 year olds we have free activity booklets, available at the till point in the shop. There is free buggy parking, and we have baby change facilities. Families are welcome at the Painted Hall Café and the Old Brewery pub for meals and snacks, or you can enjoy the expansive riverside grounds for a picnic.
Summer Dining Experience
Join us on 12 & 19 June for a specially prepared seasonal set-menu served in our King William Undercroft, with exclusive out-of-hours access to view the Painted Hall and the spectacular Gaia after dinner.
Please note that on the first day of the exhibit, Sunday 30 May, opening times are 2pm – 8pm. On Sunday 6 June, opening times are 10am – 8pm.
Gaia was originally created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. With supporting partners Culture Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral.
This project is funded by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. The Culture Recovery Fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, using funds provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.