hile best known as the Birthplace of Industry and home to ten award winning museums, the Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire has already played a large part in the preparations for London 2012 since it hosted the launch of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands in 2008. This year the Ironbridge Gorge Museum will be hosting a magnificent digital art exhibition as part of the London 2012 Festival, and the World Heritage Site will be welcoming the Olympic Flame when the Torch Relay passes over the Iron Bridge in May.
CORE Digital Art Installation
The fantastic, free to enter digital art exhibition, CORE, designed by international artist Kurt Hentschläger, will be premiered at the Engine Shop, Enginuity, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums on 23rd March and remain until the autumn.
It will provide a glimpse into a weightless digital world made up of ‘virtual aquariums’ containing humanoid figures in motion. Like schools of fish their movements will not be predictable or repeated, while at other times they will appear choreographed like ballet dancers.
Anna Brennand, Deputy Chief Executive at Ironbridge, commented: “It’s wonderful that the Ironbridge Gorge Museum has been able to secure the generous support of Arts Council England and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and to put on a world class digital art exhibition by such a prestigious artist as Kurt Hentschläger.”
The exhibition will generate new audiences in the West Midlands and will leave an important legacy for the region as part of the London 2012 Festival. With over 1,000 events across the country and more than 10 million free opportunities for people to get involved through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, film and digital innovation, the London 2012 Festival will be the UK’s biggest ever nationwide festival.
Artist: Kurt Hentschläger
Producer: Humanew LLC
Commissioner: The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Limited
Curator: Richard Castelli
Humanew LLC – Kurt Hentschläger
Courtesy: The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Limited
Kurt Hentschläger thanks his assistant, the team production and Epidemic
Our Sporting Life Exhibitions
The Ironbridge Gorge Museum is also hosting two exhibitions until 9th September, which form part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad through the Stories of the World programme.
Our Sporting Life, The Science of Sport at Enginuity is a vibrant exhibition using the Museum’s collections and loan items to demonstrate the science behind modern, high-performance sports. Open daily from 10am until 5pm, entrance is included in the Enginuity admission fee.
The Coalbrookdale Gallery draws on the Museum’s nationally designated collections and photographs to stage Our Sporting Life, Sporting Heroes, an exhibition of items and images of football, cricket and quoit teams along with rowing clubs and coracle racing. It celebrates Shropshire’s sporting heroes from England footballer Billy Wright and Captain Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the English Channel, to modern day heroes including boxing legend Richie Woodhall. This free entry exhibition is open 10am to 5pm, Monday – Friday.
For further information about the Ironbridge Gorge Museums and accommodation in the area, call the Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk. The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).