Visitors to an immersive exhibition in Coventry, which has launched in the city, can step through the walls and into a re-imagined world.
Wonder is a colourful, eye-catching exhibition featuring seven artists who have together created a dreamy summer show at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.
Wonder at The Herbert features a vibrant mix of digital artwork, light installations, augmented reality, paintings and textiles that transport visitors into an out of this world experience.
Much of the exhibition features newly commissioned work which has been inspired by the Museum’s own collection.
There is even a chance to become part of the exhibition as an open frame leads from one part of the gallery to another – like a window into another world – allowing visitors to take centre stage.
Francis Ranford, of Culture Coventry – the charity which runs the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, said Wonder was designed to reach new audiences at the Herbert.
She said: “There is often a predetermined idea that museums must provide all of the knowledge and answers to our visitors questions.
“Wonder is a challenge, a space where we ask questions and take visitors on a journey of discovery. We want to change the perceptions of what an art gallery and museum should be and bring new audiences with us on the journey.
“Our launch event was incredibly popular and brought a youthful crowd of makers, musicians and culture connoisseurs to the Herbert, which was really exciting, especially as we build towards UK City of Culture in 2021 and beyond.”
The exhibition will run until September 15 and will be accompanied by a range of inspiring events and family activities during the school summer holidays.
Wonder has been curated by Dr. Rachel Marsden and features work by Antonio Roberts, Davy and Kristin McGuire, Edie Jo Murray, Julia Snowdin, Ben Javens and Lucy McLauchlan.
Rachel said: “It has been exciting to work with these talented and unique artists and invite them to create works in response to the collection at the Herbert – the results are wonderful in every sense.
“We all lead very busy lives and get very little time for reflection. I hope that Wonder gives people the chance to visit, take time to look and listen to some of the questions the exhibition is asking and take a brief interlude from their everyday lives.”
For more information go to Wonder – Where Reality & Imaginary Collide
Article courtesy of Advent Communications