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An artist-led exploration of the climate crisis inspired by John Ruskin's prophetic public lecture 'Storm-Cloud of the Nineteenth Century'. 


On 4 February 1884, Victorian polymath John Ruskin delivered his controversial public lecture ‘Storm-Cloud of the Nineteenth Century’, highlighting the disastrous results of nineteenth-century industrialisation, the human impact on the environment, and the effects of air pollution, a ‘plague-wind’ on our health. Led by interdisciplinary artist Dr. Tom Payne, Storm-Cloud is a collaborative programme of research, performance, community engagement and exhibition that invites contemporary re-imaginings of, and creative responses to, Ruskin’s prophetic lecture.

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