Art & Culture

Therme Art

Therme Art is a global initiative that contributes immersive art and culture experiences to Therme Group facilities and involves some of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists.

World-leading Art for Wellbeing

Therme Group has a deep connection with and commitment to the arts. At all Therme destinations, we prioritise collaborating with local arts, culture, and diversity organizations to support their work while connecting visitors to the local cultural scene in spaces outside the traditional walls of museums and galleries.

Therme Art is a global initiative that sees the quest for meaning as a central human need, and a key to spiritual wellbeing.

Increasingly, people seek out experiences that move, touch and surprise them. A brush with mystery has the power to transform us, to inspire a feeling of awe. These authentic moments do more than help us find meaning. They allow us to step beyond linear time, even if only for an instant. What matters most is the intense experience of the present, and the ability to find space to reflect on what really matters.

Therme Group's wellbeing resorts provide a canvas unlike any gallery in the world. By introducing art into these unique spaces, Therme Art makes world-leading installations accessible and enriching for all. Visitors to Therme will enjoy indoor and outdoor art programming organized by Therme Group’s dedicated art programme, Therme Art.

• Therme Art is the cultural incubator of Therme Group, responsible for outreach to creative communities.
• Therme Art curates forums between culture, science and society and works with internationally renowned artists and architects, as well as emerging talents.
• Commissions and develops site-specific artistic projects that challenge the limitations of conventional exhibition spaces and redefine contemporary art viewing.
• Curates year-round cultural programming for Therme Group sites.

For more information visit the Therme Art site


Therme Art Project Case Studies

Franchise Freedom by Studio Drift

Franchise Freedom is a performative drone sculpture created by the Dutch artist collective Studio Drift. The artwork takes the form of hundreds of algorithmically led drones programmed to replicate the movements of a flock of starlings.

Studio Drift is an artist collective established in 2007 by Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta. Their works occupy a unique place between disciplines such as technology, art, performance and biodesign. Key to their work are the relationships between nature, humanity and technology.

Franchise Freedom by Studio Drift at Burning Man 2018.

2019 Serpentine Pavilion by Junya Ishigami

Consisting of a complex arrangement of slates, the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion by Japanese Architect Junya Ishigami forms a single canopy and represents the union of man-made and natural worlds, embodying an insistent call to rethink design and architecture’s role in contemporary urban life.

Junya Ishigami is a Japanese architect, who is one of the innovative voices in contemporary design. Junya Ishigami ’s works includes a large number of successful public and private buildings, such as the Kanagawa Institute of Technology, the Japanese Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale of Architecture and the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion.

The 2019 Serpentine Pavilion by Japanese Architect Junya Ishigami.

Today I feel like... Manchester by Jeppe Hein

Therme Art commissioned the artistic project Today I Feel Like… Manchester by Berlin-based Danish artist Jeppe Hein as part of its collaboration with the Manchester International Festival (MIF).

The project was designed to engage with schools in communities and leave a positive legacy that will be part of the fabric of Therme Manchester. For Therme Art’s commission, Hein developed an artistic workshop for local schools across Manchester, inviting children to realise a breathing exercise followed by a face painting that depicts their feelings at that moment

Today I Feel Like… Manchester, St Hilda’s C of E primary. The children were asked to draw an ‘emoji’ of themselves to share their feelings. Photography credit: Richard Tymon.

Meet the Therme Art team

Shelby Seu Director of Programming
Director of Programming
Shelby Seu is an artist who has worked in various sectors of the cultural field, from educational and artistic programmes as well as galleries and institutions. She holds a BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art and a MFA in Studio Practice from Goldsmiths, University of London and has completed programs at Central Saint Martins and Yale University's Norfolk School of Art. She is currently the Director of Programming at Therme Art, managing the organisation's events, commissions and talks. She is currently based in Berlin.
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Yi Weihua Executive Commissions Curator
Executive Commissions Curator
Yi Weihua is an art consultant with over 10 years’ experience managing large-scale public art commissions, as well as creating artistic and design solutions for urban spaces. She holds a BFA in Public Art from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts and an MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at Bauhaus-Universität. Before joining Therme Art, she worked as Design Lead at the global art production company UAP, managing UAP featured public art commissions from planning strategy through project implementation. As the Executive Commissions Curator at Therme Art, Weihua oversees the art commission department, leading the creative team to develop curatorial strategy and operational standards for all commissions.
Marta Cavallé Head of the Architecture Programme
Head of the Architecture Programme
Marta Cavallé is an architect and project manager, with over 6 years experience in built projects and architectural competitions, construction site management, landscape design, exhibition design, curatorship and editorial design. Previous work experiences include Junya Ishigami+associates (Tokyo, Paris) Studio Miessen (Berlin), Architektur Galerie Berlin (Berlin), and LIN Office with Finn Geipel (Berlin, Paris). She holds a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano. As Head of the Architecture Programme at Therme Art, she focuses on managing projects, commissions and programmes focused on architecture, design, urban landscaping and ecology.

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