EXHIBITIONS 2013 To 2017

For news see Helen Storey Foundation tumblr

Since its inception the team behind Catalytic Clothing continue to investigate the technical and funding partnerships required to advance the large scale data sets that are needed to determine efficacy, safety for any ultimate public use. At 2018 these discussions continue.

There is therefore no current activity of the project in the public domain, other than for exhibition purposes.

For more general background information and loans of work contact Caroline Coates 

For press and media enquiries contact 

For other Helen Storey Foundation Projects

Catalytic Clothing is a partnership
between The University of Sheffield,
University of the Arts London /
London College of Fashion



Go to Exhibitions 2013 To 2018 for updates and Helen Storey Foundation tumblr

- 2016

RSA Academies in West Midlands Catalytic Teaching and Learning project begun in June 2105 and ending in March 2016 see http://www.rsaacademies.org.uk/projects/catalytic-teaching-learning/

Gaite Lyrique Paris, February 9th to 14th 2016 see http://helenstoreyfoundation.tumblr.com/ and http://weareable-awards.com/home/

- Updated 17 December 2012

The Catalytic Clothing team have now completed the programme for cultural interventions and public domain work. Since the project began the combined exhibitions and installations have reached an audience of over 1.5 million and the press reach has been staggering.

Spring 2013: Catalytic Clothing is currently with the Research and Development departments of major laundry brands. The team will update on progress in the coming months. In the meantime if you have any general, press or media questions contact the press officer Katya Nasim at London College of Fashion.

- Updated 17 December 2012

A new in depth article on Helen Storey, her past work and the Catalytic Clothing project will be available to read on the launch issue of the e - journal Creativity & Human Development a project byThe Creativity Centre. The article will go live on the 19 December and is available to view here.

- Updated 13 December 2012

The spectacular architectural piece known as 'Wendy' by HKWN, which was first installed at MOMA PS1, New York, will now travel to Abu Dhabi, opening January 15th 2013. Wendy was in part inspired by the technology, materials and ambition for Catalytic Clothing. More info here.

- Updated 05 November 2012

University of the Arts
Catalytic Clothing back on the front page

- Updated 29 October 2012

BBC Breakfast
Colin Paterson reports from the Manchester Science Festival. Watch here

- Updated 25 October 2012

Latest Press and Media
On 26 September, one of Catalytic Clothing's original funders the EPSRC published a press release about the project which can be read here.

This sparked a new wave of press coverage. Highlights include features in The Observer, The Independent and The Financial Times with radio and television interviews on BBC Radio 4, 5 Live and CBBC's Newsround.

For more details and links to further articles please see the press page or contact Rebecca Munro, media relations, London College of Fashion.

- Updated 20 September 2012

An interview with Helen Storey
Helen discusses Catalytic Clothing with Colchester Fashion and Textile Student Harriet Simons and provides a candid response to some very interesting questions.

Download interview

- Updated 20 September 2012

Catalytic Clothing 2012 Activities
Current and future activities are listed below. Additional events in London and Manchester will be listed shortly.

October - February 2013 France: The Herself dress together with the Catalytic Clothing Story film will be shown as part of the long-running exhibition 'FUTUROTEXTILES 3', touring to 2 cities as follows:

October – January 2013: CETI (The European Center for Innovative Textiles), Tourcoing.

February 2013: Cite Des Sciences, Paris.

- Posted 17 July

Material Matters: New Materials in Design

The Catalytic Clothing project features in Black Dog’s latest design book; the much anticipated Material Matters: New Materials in Design by Phillip Howes (materials scientist) and Zoe Laughlin (The Institute of Making). Recently released, the book highlights the advances in materials predicted to prove seminal in the future.

- posted 8 July

Recent Interview with Tony Ryan

In an interview with Stephanie Kramer from the The Urban Times on 6 July Tony Ryan discusses the project so far. The comprehensive article, 'Catalytic Clothing: An Air Purifying Approach to Eco Fashion' can be read here.

- Posted 6 June 2012

Helen Storey / Catalytic Clothing nominated as one of The Telegraph's Amazing 15!

We are back to ask for your votes again!

Helen has been handpicked amongst 15 people who The Telegraph feel represent Britain's most exciting talent today. Launched in Saturday's edition (2 June) the winners will be decided by you, the public. To watch the feature on Helen and the project, to find out more and to vote please see: Amazing 15. We will let you know how we fair and what a years support from The Telegraph means for the project!

- Posted 23 May

Catalytlic Clothing Scoops Condé Nast Traveller Innovation & Design Award 2012

We are delighted to announce that last night in the beautiful surroundings of the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, Catalytic Clothing was crowned joint winner of the Sustainability category alongside Vivienne Westwood's Cool Earth project. Helen Storey and Tony Ryan were both there to receive the award. We will be posting images of the night here shortly.

This is the sixth year that Condé Nast Traveller have held the Innovation & Design Awards which were founded to celebrate excellence in 11 categories - from sustainability to transport. This year’s judges who put the shortlist together included, Sebastian Conran acclaimed industrial designer and head of Sebastian Conran Associates, Sir Nicholas Serota Director of Tate, David Rowan editor of WIRED magazine, Rowan Moore architecture critic of the Observer and Brent Hoberman co-founder of Lastminute.com and chairman of Made.com.

A big thank you to all who voted for us and helped us to win this fantastic accolade – your vote really counted!

This is the second time Helen and Tony’s work has been recognised by Condé Nast Traveller; their project Wonderland, which asked its audience to consider waste, plastics and packaging, was nominated in 2010.

Innovation & Design Awards Press Release


- Posted 23 May

Honorary Professorships Awarded

Helen Storey was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by The University of Sheffield and was made Honorary Professor of Craft & Design by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee. Helen delivered a talk "From Fashion to Science" as part of an award ceremony in Dundee on 17 May.

Posted 21st March 2012

Catalytic Clothing inspires MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program winners

The team behind Catalytic Clothing are delighted that their work to bring air purifying technology to clothing has helped inspire the wondrous, proactive installation, Wendy. The installation by architects HWKN is the winner of the annual Young Architects Program hosted by The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1. Opening in Long Island City, New York (28 June - early September), Wendy experimentally tests ecological and social boundaries of architecture. Find out more here: momaps1.org

- Posted 20th February 2012

Tony Ryan on BBC Radio4

Radio 4’s The Life Scientific on 20 February asked, ‘What is the future of nanotechnology?’ Listen again to hear Tony discuss Catalytic Clothing and other future possibilities.


25 October – 9 December Manchester: Three installations will be shown as part of Manchester Science Festival 2012:

Soap Box 25 – 29 October: A bespoke installation will be housed in the iconic NQ Launderette, 19 Hilton Street, Northern Quarter, featuring giant Catalytic Clothing soap boxes and stunning graphics.
On the Soap Box 28 October: A talk by Helen and Tony, at NQ Launderette
Small Soap Box 25 October – 4 November: a pop up launderette, using vintage washing machines will be installed at Revolution Manchester Gallery, Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road
Field of Jeans 25 October – 9 December: planted in giant seed boxes at the Museum of Science and Industry

Further details

2 April – 21 September Copenhagen *extended*: A Field of Jeans will be shown as part of the exhibition ‘Hello Materials’ at the Danish Design Centre, Denmark.

From 5 November - 7 December the exhibition will continue to two further sites in Denmark: Odense Technical College and Vejle Technical College, forming part of a technology focused education programme.

More details here.

14 September – 4 November Dublin: A small Field of Jeans will be shown alongside the Catalytic Clothing Story film at the 'Magical Materials' exhibition, Science Gallery, Trinity College.

More details here.

1- 28 October Sheffield: The Red Planet Dress will be exhibited as part of an installation of ‘future fashion’ concepts from students within the Centre of Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion. The exhibition, 'A Fashion Universe' is held as part of October Fashion Month at Meadowhall Shopping Centre.

15 October (5.30 – 10pm) London: The 'Ecover Shoreditch Swish', Ecover’s exclusive feel good fashion event will take place in the Biscuit Tin Room at Shoreditch House, in support of Fashioned For Freedom. The event will showcase the Red Planet Dress and a Catalytic Clothing film during the event.

1 April - 23 August Dubai: The Herself dress was shown as part of an event in the new Ecover concept store.
More details here.

9 - 17 June Bristol: A Field of Jeans and The Catalytic Clothing Story film will be shown throughout Bristol's Big Green Week. Find the field in the foyer of Colston Hall.
Free entry. Information.

3 June Queensland: A Field of Jeans and The Catalytic Clothing Story film will be on show as part of The Sunshine Coast's World Environment Day.

5 May Stroud: Helen Storey, Tony Ryan and Trish Belford will be taking part in the Pairings Symposium, Conversations & Collaborations, Stroud, Gloucestershire. 

26 April Falmouth: Helen Storey in discussion with the School of Design at University College Falmouth.

13 April Ohio: The Catalytic Clothing Story film shown at Ohio State University / Net Impact summit.

Edinburgh International Science Festival events x 3 4 April National Museum of Scotland: Helen and Tony in conversation. Red Planet Dress on display. 4 - 8 April St Andrews Square: Bespoke denim kilts and denim jeans in this central Edinburgh Square.

5 - 14 April City Arts Centre: Red Planet Dress on display.

Newcastle Science Festival events x 2

9 - 16 March Durham: Field of Jeans and the film The Catalytic Clothing Story were shown at Palace Green and Owengate. Details

9 March - 3 April Newcastle: Two Red Planet Dresses, a Field of Jeans and film were shown in a pop-up gallery in Eldon Square. Details


2011 was a busy year for Catalytic Clothing, featuring the launch of the campaign. The following is a brief list of events and exhibitions held:

28 November – 3 December Miami: The Catalytic Clothing film was shown at EcoArtFashion Week™

21 – 23 November Brussels: A Red Planet Dress was shown at Tomorrow Starts with Chemistry, Conference / Exhibition as part of the International year of Chemistry.

17 November London: A Red Planet Dress was shown at Millennium Cristal Global conference at the Glaziers Building

8 November Amsterdam: Helen Storey and Tom Domen were in conversation at the Beyond Green 2011 symposium.

20 October London: Field of Jeans was shown in Euston Square, NW1.

12 - 13 September Sheffield: Field of Jeans was shown in the Sheffield Winter Garden.

15 – 21 September London: Field of Jeans was shown at Chelsea College of Art and Design.

22 – 24 September London: Catalytic Clothing concept, showcased at 100% Design.

22 – 29 September Barcelona: A Red Planet dress and Catalytic Clothing film were shown at ITMA, Barcelona.

23 – 29 September Washington: Premier screening of Catalytic Clothing in the US, at Solas Nua Fashion Salon.

23 - 30 September Moscow: Herself was shown at the "Central House of Artists", Festival of Culture, accompanied by a Q&A with Helen Storey and Tony Ryan.
Watch a clip from their interview on Russian national TV here (fast forward to the 44th minute).

22 - 30 July Singapore: Herself was shown at the Science Centre as part of Singapore Science Festival, accompanied by a talk from Prof Tony Ryan.

6 July London: London College of Fashion hosted a Catalytic Clothing press and media conference.

15 June: The Catalytic Clothing film was launched online, marking the start of the viral campaign.

Web/Design: DED Associates