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Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Culture 24's Connect10 Competition (20th February 2013)

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has reached the short list of Culture 24's Connect10 competition. If successful the competition organisers will pay for the artist Julian Wild to build a giant sculpture with the help of members of the public as part of the Museums at Night event in May at Enginuity, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums.

Museums at Night (Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 May 2013) is a national initiative by Culture 24 that encourages museums to remain open after hours for one night a year, allowing as many people as possible to visit their local museum.  This year museums have been invited to apply to have an artist in attendance to run workshops with visitors. The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has been shortlisted alongside three other museums from Stoke, Cirencester and Newcastle to welcome the sculptor Julian Wild.

Julian’s sculptures are often based on the history of a site and resemble three-dimensional doodles. If Ironbridge wins the vote, he will work with visitors on a communal sculpture project, in which members of the public add to a large scale sculpture constructed from glow-in-the-dark plastic pipes.

Having reached the shortlist, The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust now needs its supporters to vote for them in the competition. The museum with the most public votes by 5pm on 5 March wins the prize. To help the Ironbridge Gorge Museums win please visit www.culture24.org.uk/places to go/museums at night/art420747 and vote for Ironbridge.

Maureen McGregor, Life Long Learning Manager, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, commented; “We are so excited to have been shortlisted for this amazing prize. It will be a great opportunity for local people to come down to visit Enginuity free of charge and have the chance to work with such an incredible artist. We hope everyone will get online and vote for Ironbridge.”

For more information about the Ironbridge Gorge Museums contact the Visitor Information Centre on 01952 433424, email tic@ironbridge.org.uk or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk.