Ipswich Museum moved to its current purpose-built building in the High Street in 1881, which included the schools of Art and Science within it. While these no longer occupy the premises, the former art school extension now functions as a contemporary exhibition space, cementing the Museum's long-running position as a place for inspiration, experience, and exchange of ideas.
To celebrate Ipswich Museum's long relationship with both the arts and the sciences, we will be showing a specially-commissioned contemporary art installation. Lucy Lyons has been working in residence to create a new site-specific artwork inspired by the significant Natural Science collections, which will be displayed in the atmospheric Octagon gallery of the former Art School. Based at Acme Studios in North London, Dr Lyon's practice uses drawing as research and she exhibits internationally. She has worked in several medical museums, and coordinates a performance and visual art research group at the Nordic Summer University in Denmark. Her new work, Inbetween:Hidden Spaces, will form the centrepiece of the exhibition.
Alongside the new work, there will be creative responses from partner organisations Pacitti Company and New Wolsey Theatre, as well as Lisa Temple-Cox, Ipswich Museum's Artist Ranger and lead curator of this show.
Included will be a mini-exhibition of work by selected artists, responding to objects and specimens from Ipswich Museum. These specimens will will move from the museum into the gallery, and the artwork will take it's place in the museum. Participating artists: Kim Barclay, Gilly Burrell, Nicola Burrell, Chris Meigh-Andrews, Nick Middleton, Sarah Sabin, Pam Schomberg, and David Watkins.
The exhibition will also provide a ‘Drawing Room’ in one of the galleries, which will offer a selection of usually unseen museum objects from the stores as inspiration, and a range of drawing materials to work with. Visitors to the exhibition can use this space to draw and display their work, so the gallery will slowly fill with artwork over the course of the exhibition.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of events and workshops for both adults and children.
This Happening on High Street exhibition is funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.