Locomotion: National Railway Museum, Shildon, Co. Durham
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Friday, October 1, 2021
Dale Road, Shildon Co. Durham DL4 2RE
North East England
Interface Arts Durham

Innovation is no stranger to the North East, being where the railway was born and electric lighting conceived. Now recent technology encompasses paint to harness solar power and diamonds that can power satellites, just two of the elements explored in this intriguing exhibition by 16 members of Interface Arts, Durham, which responds to innovation past, present and future within, Industry, Architecture and Art.

It engages with North East heritage and is inspired by science. Developments in glass production, interactive fabrics, observational astronomy, medical science and alternative fuel sources are presented in a diversity of media ranging from ceramics, drawing, glass, painting, printing to sculpture, textiles and jewellery.

For this event Carolyn Corfield, a ceramic sculptor, took inspiration from a fascinating and informative day spent at the Ogden Centre, Durham University, when scientists discussed their work in observational astronomy and cosmology. Calling themselves the Watchers and Dreamers they inspired her to create a Vessel of that name. Also within the region, Diamond Light Source, Durham has developed the technology to manoeuvre satellites using diamond power. Carolyn could not resist creating a group of Lucii (-in the sky with diamonds!) to illustrate this concept.

In addition, the Flying Scotsman will be visiting the museum until the 17th August and a permanent feature, Roland Emmet’s automaton, ‘A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley’ will delight children and adults alike.
Well worth a visit, this superb venue has something for everyone in its displays and activities.
Free Entrance 10.30 -16.00