The Blue Paradox, Exhibition London, 15-27 September, free
Immersive exhibitions are popping up all over the shop, but this show in a former engine house in White City has a worthy goal. The 360-degree digital projections explore how marine life is affected by the eight million tonnes of plastic dumped in our oceans each year. How can we make a difference? Just turning up will help – for every visitor, the organisers will make a donation to protect one square kilometre of ocean. The event is free, but you’ll need to book a time slot.
Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, from £10
This pioneering sculpture park and art gallery “reassured me of my humanity”, says Anna Hart in the Telegraph. I was entranced by Reset, a film made during lockdown by Barbadian-Scottish artist Alberta Whittle: it’s a globe-spanning response to Black Lives Matter, the pandemic and the climate emergency. Then there’s the sculpture park, where families picnic around the lakes of landscape artist Charles Jencks’s Cells of Life (pictured) – perfect for eavesdropping on children, “who give the most blistering art reviews”. Until 25 August, you can bathe in an artwork (£60 an hour for up to six people).
Carnival Culture in the Park, Opera Holland Park, London, 19-21 August, £10
With Notting Hill Carnival cancelled for a second year running, fundraising events have been set up to help cover the costs of next year’s event and support the musicians. This three-day festival in the open-air theatre at the heart of Holland Park will showcase the best of traditional and contemporary Caribbean music. The organisers are aware that the idea of a ticketed event may make people nervous, but initiatives like this will be invaluable in bringing back Carnival in 2022. Click here to book.