Saturday, 22 January 2022

Global artwork The Big Dream will be unveiled at UK’s Old Royal Naval College


Tuesday 22 nd February, 2022 Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9NN

Imagine it’s 2030. What do you see in your dreams? Inspired by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, The Big Dream is a global art installation by 50 artists that will capture tens of thousands of dreams for the future from around the world. The Big Dream, one of the world’s largest ever crowdsourced artworks, will be unveiled simultaneously at 20 iconic locations around the world on 22 nd February 2022, and the Old Royal Naval College will be the only location in the UK to host this epic and moving work. 

500 images will turn the dreams into one collective digital artwork that will be projected onto 20 famous buildings, museums and heritage sites across the globe, including Times Square (New York), Shibuya Crossing (Tokyo), Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), and the UK’s very own landmark, the Old Royal Naval College, as seen as part of London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. The Big Dream will then travel off-world to the International Space Station as part of the Rakia Mission. The final digital artwork will focus on the environment, social issues and culture. 

The Big Dream, created by the Dreame collective of artists, including UK-based lead artist GLOWA and other British digital artists, has previously been made and shown in: Jerusalem, Israel; Chengdu, China; Manaslu, Nepal; and New York City, USA. The 2022 Big Dream is an epic cumulation of these works that will make audiences think about the future of our planet, our society and our environment.

 This incredible outdoor projection will be free for all to see in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College from sunset on Tuesday 22nd February 2022 and visitors can enjoy this iconic site’s magnificent Christopher Wren-designed buildings and gorgeous riverside grounds as well. Tickets for the Painted Hall, where the awe-inspiring Gaia was installed last year, are available. Free familyfriendly workshops focused on ‘designing the future’, will run during half term week, 14th – 18th February. Big Dream-inspired ceramic and card-making workshops with local artists will take place on 26th and 27 th February. 

Other events to look forward to in February include a sumptuous Valentine’s Dinner in the Painted Hall – enjoy a delicious three course meal with live music in the romantic candlelight of this stunning Baroque hall on 12th February. A new site-specific family musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved The Little Match Girl will be performed outside in the King William Colonnade from 17th – 20th February. The popular afternoon teas served in the grand setting of Admiral’s House will return for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter Sunday