The objects in each gallery reflect a colour of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Each intimate gallery is a curiosity cabinet of extraordinary things – or perhaps, quite ordinary things, given new meaning through recontextualisation. The objects selected for display cross the gamut of the museum's collections: from geology to costume, archaeology to social history, ethnography to ceramics - as well as the extensive collection of Victorian taxidermy
Following on from the previous Art School Gallery exhibition, 'Emotions' - which displayed a single striking object in each gallery without out any museological information - 'Colours' aims to continue to blur the distinction between art object and museum object.
The artist who made the selection - Lisa Temple-Cox - is an alumni of the Ipswich Art School Gallery in it's former incarnation. The Art School is now part of the Ipswich Museum site - the museum having been, upon its opening in the High Street in 1880, also a school of Art and Science.
The theme was inspired by the rainbow in John Constable’s painting 'Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows' (1831), currently on show in the Wolsey Gallery of nearby Christchurch Mansion, in the 200th Anniversary Gardens Exhibition.
Running over the summer holidays, the exhibition is family-friendly, with 'fun facts' for children and a colourful post-it wall for responses to the work on display. During the course of the show there will be a series of family day workshop, each led by a different artist, focussing on a different colour, and exploring a different material or craft process.
Family day workshops cost £3 per child, and are run on a drop-in basis of 30 minutes between 10.30 - 12.30 / 1.30 - 3.30. They take place in the learning studio within the gallery building.
Workshop details: Sat. 27th June: Jackie Davies (red) printing signs and posters. Sat. 4th July: Nicola Burrell (orange/yellow) colourful card constructions. Weds. 29th July: Anne Schwegmann-Fielding (blue/green) mosaic coasters. Weds. 5th Aug: Alison Stockmarr (blue) collaged postcards. Weds. 12th Aug: Michaela Rice (indigo) cyanotype photograms. Weds. 19th Aug: Lisa Temple-Cox (violet) paper clay constructions. Weds. 26th Aug: Sarah Sabin (red/orange) mod-roc vessels.
Please contact Ipswich Museum for further information or visit http://www.cimuseums.org.uk/article/16015/Family-Art-Room