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02 March 2018

Saturday, 20 November 2021–Friday, 24 December 2021

Silohuette of a parent holding a child aloft in front of a large model Earth.

Event details

  • Price: free
  • Address: Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU. Find address on Google Maps
  • Suitable for: Adults, children, teenagers, families, businesses
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  • Organised by: Rochdale Borough Council, Your Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation

Opening times

The exhibition is open:

  • Monday: 9am-6.30pm
  • Tuesday-Friday: 9am-5.30pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

About Gaia

UK artist Luke Jerram's internationally renowned 'Gaia' installation is a huge work of art depicting the Earth.

Measuring 7 metres in diameter and created from detailed NASA imagery of the Earth's surface, it will provide the opportunity to see the planet on a big scale, floating in 3 dimensions. The name 'Gaia' comes from Greek mythology, meaning the personification of the earth.

The exhibition is being staged in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council and Your Trust (formerly Link4Life), supported financially by the Garfield Weston Foundation. 

Special events

The team is now planning a series of special events across the borough to accompany Gaia, themed around looking after our environment and its precious resources.


A specially made surround sound composition will be played alongside the sculpture.

It was written by British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award-winning composer Dan Jones.

Extraordinary Insects show

Television presenter and Gastronaut Stefan Gates will perform his ‘Extraordinary Insects’ show – an amazing journey into the world of entomology and entomophagy (insects and insect-eating) as he reveals his Scary Food Box, why we should all eat bugs, and why you’re already an entomophagist without realising it.

Expect live crickets, marshmallows, purple bug blood food, explosions, huge catapults, spectacular demonstrations and some cool video from his BBC documentary.

Renowned for exciting live shows that are lots of fun for children and adults, Stefan has presented over 20 television series including the acclaimed CBBC series Incredible Edibles and Gastronuts.


Rochdale’s M6 Theatre Company will tour local secondary schools as well as stage a public performance of ‘The Storm’. This is a powerful live theatre production that creatively confronts the climate emergency.

Skylight Circus will stage their new production ‘Mammoth’, combining acrobatics, music and stunning lighting effects to tell a thought provoking story about the big climate issues including extinction and protection of our natural environment.

There will be a spectacular production called Global Circus performed beneath ‘Gaia’ by Skylight Circus Arts. Animated with specially commissioned music it will be presented live by a local group of asylum seekers and refugees.


Relax and look up to the sky, with a yoga session with a difference - underneath Gaia.

It will be accompanied by a visual arts session with Cartwheel Arts and a chance to capture your own visual interpretation of Gaia.

School participation

As well as these family friendly events, lots more activities will be delivered in the borough’s schools during Gaia’s stay in Rochdale.

This includes the following activities and events.

  • Photography competition based around capturing close ups of the natural environment 
  • Climate change summit for secondary pupils aimed at stimulating debate on environmental sustainability.
  • Primary school children are being invited to take part in science experiments in front of Gaia relating to the earth in space, forces and looking after the environment.
  • Rochdale Music Service will use Gaia to spark creativity in music, delivering performing arts sessions in schools whilst raising awareness of environmental concerns.
  • The borough’s nursery and primary school children will be visiting Gaia and be shown how to be an astronaut, see how the earth looks from the moon and learn about gravity, the first lunar landing and travelling to the moon. They’ll be awarded an astronaut passport for completing their training.
  • Visual art sessions are being planned with young people from the LGBTQ+ community, leading to a finale exhibition at Gaia.

More information

Dates, times and booking details, if applicable, will be announced later in October 2021.


Gaia is 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.


​Events and activities are not organised by Rochdale Borough Council unless stated otherwise. Neither is Rochdale Borough Council responsible for the accuracy of the information provided. If you are under 18, ask your parent/guardian before taking part in any event or activity.

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