Ealing Arts Service has commissioned designer and installation artist Lucy Algar to produce a stimulating exhibition aimed at children. In her giant artwork, she wants visitors to explore their environment and experience a strong, sensual response. Visitors will be encouraged to touch and pass through forms, shapes and textures.
Ealing Arts Service has commissioned designer and installation artist, Lucy Algar, to produce a fascinating and stimulating summer exhibition aimed at children. In her giant artwork, Lucy Algar wants visitors to explore their environment and experience a strong, sensual response.
PLEASE TOUCH THE ARTWORK aims to inspire visitors of all ages with its colourful, multi-faceted environment. Visitors will be encouraged to touch and pass through forms, shapes and textures, leaving them in no doubt that an artistic experience encompasses all their senses - not just the visual. The installation will fill west London's largest gallery space with tunnels, trees, a tower and â€˜wild horsesâ€™.
Lucy Algar trained as a theatre designer and has created sets and artwork for a huge variety of spaces and media. These include stage sets for Lenny Henry, Opera North, the ICA and Elton John. For TV she designed the BAFTA winning childrenâ€™s television programme 'Toon Room'. She has devised installations for a range of spaces working with sculpture and painting at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Earlier this year, Lucy completed four amazing rooms at the new Childrenâ€™s Hospital for Wales, in Cardiff, which included the challenging design for the 'Bad News Room'. PLEASE TOUCH THE ARTWORK represents a further development of Lucy's work, within an established gallery space.
Today's children are sophisticated and familiar with interactive exhibits, many of which use technology to grab their attention. PLEASE TOUCH THE ARTWORK undercuts the accepted rules of engagement in a gallery space, encouraging interaction with art that asks for a physical response from its audience. It will provide an amazing playground for the imagination.
There will also be practical workshops linked to the exhibition â€“ further details will be available in July.
Drawings and plans by Lucy Algar
PM Gallery & House
Walpole Park, Mattock Lane
London W5 5EQ