On Saturday 1st February, Babylon Gallery opened their new environmental exhibition, ‘Submerged’ and invited visitors to create their own creatures to add to the underwater scene.
The gallery had over 130 visitors in the first weekend and, with submissions from local schools, including the art club at Ely St. Mary’s Junior School, the shoal of river creatures swimming through the gallery has already started to grow.
The environmental exhibition invites visitors to imagine that the gallery has been submerged, including an underwater installation made using recycled materials such as plastic drinks bottles (that will be recycled afterwards), information from the ‘Fen Project’ provided by the Environment Agency and poetry from one of the Fenland Poet Laureate Award winners, Kim Allen.
Claire Somerville, chief executive commented: “There is growing awareness of the water management systems and structures that are in place to drain the Fens and manage the waterways. This exhibition is a creative exploration of what it could mean if the water levels rose.”
Claire added “This is very much a community exhibition, we’re so pleased to have already had lots of visitors getting involved. We would like to invite everyone to visit the exhibition and to add your own creature to the underwater scene”.
The exhibition is supported by City of Ely Council, D S Smith and Ellgia Recycling.
The Submerged exhibition is on until Sunday 23rd February.
The Babylon Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 4pm.
Press release from Babylon ARTS
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