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Ironbridge receives Lottery grant for CORE – a major London 2012 digital commission

  • Date: 12 October 2011
  • Area: Midlands
People looking at a large image as they walk into a building

Karma at Ironbridge. Credit: Kurt Hentschlager

Arts Council England has awarded a National Lottery grant of almost £99,000 to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust for a major London 2012 Cultural Olympiad digital art commission.

The grant enables the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust to commission international artist Kurt Hentschläger to create a new digital artwork entitled CORE. The lead curator on this exciting project will be Richard Castelli, Director of French-based creative consortium Epidemic.

This exciting work will form part of the London 2012 Festival, generating new audiences in the West Midlands and leaving an important legacy for the region. It will be a world-class piece of art and will be premiered at Enginuity, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums.

Anna Brennand, Deputy Chief Executive at Ironbridge, said: 'We believe that being part of the London 2012 Festival will help generate a significantly wider and larger audience for the museum, attracting 60,000 new visitors to the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.  It will deliver on the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad vision of inspiring creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.'

Paul Kaynes, West Midlands Creative Programmer, London 2012 commented: 'Next summer the world's athletes will be coming to the UK for the Olympic and Paralympic Games - and at the same time the world's great artists will be coming here for a cultural festival to match the quality of the sport.'

Chicago based Austrian artist Kurt Hentschläger says that CORE is the next generation of his generative 3D and audio work. The commission will feature a sequence of windows into a weightless world populated by groups of humanoid figures.

'These figures interact like a school of fish or a flock of birds and at other times like intricately choreographed modern ballet dancers or synchronised swimmers.'

The work will be created by several synchronised projections. Visit

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