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Community artwork set to go on display in Lichfield

The results of a public art project are set to go on display in Lichfield.

Hundreds of residents have been working with artists to create The Life, The Universe and Darwin exhibition that takes place on August 21 from 11am to 6pm.

The exhibition, which also gives free entry to Darwin House on Beacon St for the day, is centred on its key exhibit – Inventions of the Mind by Kirsty E Smith.

As well as delivering community art workshops in the museum during July and August, Kirsty has also installed a collection of her sculptures in the museum for a month-long exhibition. She has worked with around 80 individuals whose work will also be displayed.

The project’s co-ordinator, Peter Walker, said:

“This is a exciting exhibition bringing together the work of professional artists and the community. All of the artists in the project are of the highest level and their time and dedication to the project has been fantastic. Come along during the day to view the work produced and also see inside the house of this great former resident of the city.”

The work of more than 300 students from the Friary School, who joined artist Andy McKeown in the development of animations relating to Darwin’s sketches in his commonplace book, will be projected within the house.

Rebecca Parker

Rebecca Parker

Rebecca Parker worked with would-be photographers in the study of lighting and editing techniques and a document of their studies will be displayed alongside two original artworks she created during the project.

Also on display will be a video and sound work by acclaimed sound artist David Harper, who worked with around 40 students from Netherstowe High School in the production of a piece centred around alternative ways of viewing nature through observation – designed to replicate the scientific approach of Darwin himself.

The event will also see live music provided in the gardens, with acoustic guitar in the morning and string duet from 3pm, alongside a free opportunity for local poets to recite their works between 1pm and 3pm.

This is the first of a number of free art activities during late summer and early autumn in the city. On October 9 The Big Draw will see free workshops on the streets including drawing with light, and Lichopoly.

PeterWalker added:

“There is also a stunning exhibition by Kate Tilley at the Johnson Birthplace Museum beginning on September 9 followed by a community exhibition in October of works developed with her at Netherstowe High School.

“The exhibition also see David Harper install soundwork from last year’s Son et Lumiere in the house for visitors to hear again. There are also plans for Performance Art Day on the October 30 and also on that day a fantastic spectacle when the front of the Cathedral will be lit up by a giant Kaleidoscope.”

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