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Around 150 tickets are available for an exclusive preview of a Wonder-ful new exhibition in Coventry.
Wonder is the latest exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and will feature an array of work by seven artists who will take visitors to exciting new worlds and dreamlike realities.
The fantastic exhibition officially opens on June 29 but there is an opportunity for a sneak peek the night before when just 150 people will get to experience it before anyone else.
The ticketed event will take place between 7pm and 10pm and will feature a live DJ set, a chance to meet the artists and curator, Rachel Marsden, as well as a workshop on the creation of an e-magazine.
The free tickets are available now on Eventbrite and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Ruark Jon-Stevens, of the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, said: “We can’t wait to launch Wonder. It’s going to be a very different, captivating experience and we are excited to exclusively showcase the exhibition to 150 lucky visitors!”
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.
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.
The seven artists being exhibited are Antonio Roberts, Davy and Kristin McGuire, Edie Jo Murray, Julia Snowdin, Ben Javens and Lucy McLauchlan.
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.
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.
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.
To apply for tickets for the preview event on Friday, June 28, go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wonder-x-secret-knock-afterparty-tickets-63739187626
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