Corinium urges the public to back its bid to stage a brilliant new event
The ‘Connect10’ programme, run by Culture 24, has invited ten leading artists to come up with an idea for an event and has asked a number of venues to choose the idea that appeals to them the most and then bid to stage it. The eventual destination for each event will be decided by public vote, and the winning venues will each receive £2,000 to lay on the event. The Connect10 competition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
The Corinium is hoping to be the chosen venue for artist Julian Wild who plans to create a series of sculptures through the galleries with help from the visiting public. These would then illuminate when the lights go low in the museum creating a very different atmosphere for visitors.
Commenting on the Corinium bid, Emma Stuart, the museum’s Learning Development Officer, said:
“We were really impressed by what Julian has to offer and it would be great if the public chose us to stage his exhibit. Being shortlisted as one of the potential venues is an achievement in itself but now we want to go one better and win the popular vote. We are up against strong competition from venues in Shropshire, Newcastle and Stoke, so every vote for the Corinum is vital and I would urge the public to get behind us. Should we win, we will be able to stage the event for free and I’m sure it would appeal to many people.”
Voting begins on Tuesday 19 February and will close at 5 pm on Tuesday 5 March. To vote for the Corinium hosting Julain WIld, please go to www.culture24.org.uk/places to go/museums at night/art420747 and use the specially designed widget which will be available.
Shortlisted for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize in 2005, Julian Wild has exhibited in a range of spaces including the Victoria & Albert Museum. His linear structures often explore the boundaries of a pre-determined shape or the space that they exist in and are frequently based on the history of the site. Interested in construction and manufacturing – ranging from the functional (e.g. stainless steel handrails) to decorative processes such as japanning – lately he has created a series of sculptures that are three-dimensional doodles.
Julian Wild’s Connect10 idea: My favourite idea so far is to create a unique glow-in-the-dark version of ‘Making the Connection’, using white plastic tubing and luminous paint. Members of the public will actually be responsible for assembling this piece of sculpture and at the end of the night the lights in whichever museum or space we’re in will be turned off to reveal a glowing masterpiece. The possibilities regarding the shape and scale of this event depend entirely on the spaces in a venue and if a venue has interesting suggestions as to how this can be applied, I’m very keen to discuss ideas.
Museums at Night/Culture 24
Museums at Night is the annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events. It takes place over the weekend of Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 May 2013.See www.museumsatnight.org.uk
Culture24 is a non-profit cultural publishing organisation supporting arts and heritage venues to reach audiences across digital platforms. It is the official cultural data provider to the BBC. Culture24 collects and shares cultural data, publishes websites, runs the national Museums at Night campaign and leads action research projects. See www.WeAreCulture24.org.uk for details.
The Connect10 competition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
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