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A Summer Full of Wonder

An enchanting new exhibition will deliver a summer full of wonder at the Herbert.

Perpetuation (2019) by Edie Jo Murray, CGI animation still. Image © The artist

Wonder will feature an array of work by seven artists from the UK who will take visitors to exciting newworlds and dreamlike realities.

Parts of the exhibition are inspired by the museum’s collection and will offer immersive fun for visitors of all ages through the use of paintings, light installations, prints, animations and augmented reality.

Marrakesh Photo ® Ian Cox 2016 - Lucy McLauchlan

The exhibition will run from June 29 to September 15 and will be accompanied by a range of inspiring events and family activities during the school summer holidays.

Dr Rachel Marsden, Associate Curator of the exhibition, said: “We can’t wait to unveil Wonder as it gives visitors the chance to experience art in a range of media and environments.”

READ © Ben Javens

“The seven artists have created works to bring the gallery to life, featuring urban landscapes, digital interactives and sensory installations.”

“Visitors should expect the unexpected and prepare for a summer filled with wonder!”

Antonio Roberts is a new media artist who reimagines cartoon characters to reveal the sinister side of many childhood fairy tales while discussing laws around copyright, while Davy and Kristin McGuire are inspired by Film Noir and will bring characters alive within a series of intricate, animated, wall-mounted dollhouses and bell jars.

Ben Javens will create a life-size diorama installation, featuring his own illustrations, as well as works from the Herbert’s own collection. Inspired by ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’, the gallery wall will open up to take visitors to an entirely new space.

Edie Jo Murray will use augmented reality to bring some of the museum’s natural history collection to life. Only visible through the use of iPads provided, butterflies will flutter through the space alongside other insects and creatures.

Perpetuation (2019) by Edie Jo Murray, CGI animation still. Image © The artist

Julia Snowdin will build an interactive, sensory Light Pavilion, while Lucy McLauchlan will wow audiences by taking imprints of The Herbert and its physical surroundings and document them using canvasses painted beyond the frame edge.

Ruark Jon-Stevens, Marketing and Communications Manager at the museum added: “We are really looking forward to this show - it is a fresh take on what to expect from our usual summer exhibitions and it is set to be one to remember.”

Not Forgotten ® Matthew Watkins 2015 - Lucy McLauchlan

Julia Snowdin’s work is funded by Arts Council England.

Wonder will run at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum from 10am on Saturday, June 29 until 4pm on Sunday, September 15, with free entry to all visitors.

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