The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has beaten off stiff competition in the national Connect10 Competition, thanks to massive support from the public in an online vote. Almost 1,200 people voted for the international artist Julian Wild to work with the Ironbridge Gorge Museums during the Museums at Night event in May.
Museums at Night (Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 May 2013) is a national initiative by Culture 24 that encourages museums to remain open after hours for one night a year, allowing as many people as possible to visit their local museums. Across the country the public have been voting to send ten different artists to ten varied museums to work on a variety of inspirational projects.
Anna Brennand, Deputy Chief Executive Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust commented; “We are really grateful to everyone that voted for us in this competition, it is wonderful to know that in their busy lives our supporters found the time to vote for us. We are thrilled to be welcoming an artist of Julian Wild’s calibre to Enginuity in May and hope that everyone will come along to help him make an amazing sculpture from glow-in-the-dark pipes during the Museum at Night event”.
The Museum will publish full details of the event in the coming weeks on www.ironbridge.org.uk.
Julian Wild’s sculptures are often based on the history of a site and resemble three-dimensional doodles. His vision for the sculpture at Enginuity is that members of the local community will help him create a giant work of art, inspired by structures in the Gorge, from pipes.
The Connect10 Competition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
For further information about the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, contact the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre on Tel: 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).