Microbes opens at Ferens Art Gallery on Saturday.

First look at new inflatable Ferens Art Gallery exhibition

An interactive exhibition that brings together science and art is opening at Ferens Art Gallery this weekend.

Opening on Saturday, Microbes is the Ferens Art Gallery’s family-focused summer exhibition.

It’s an engaging sensory landscape of giant inflatable microbes, allowing children to learn more about microbes as well as have fun. This brand new exhibition brings animates the detailed miniature world of micro-organisms, asking us to look at our bodies differently – exploring the micro and making it macro.

Inspired by the beautiful microscopic imagery of bacteria and cells that live within us, Microbes is full of delightful and unexpected happenings.

Pupils from Frederick Holmes School got a sneak peek of the exhibition.

Elizabeth Lindley, exhibitions assistant at Ferens Art Gallery, said: “We are excited to see visitors’ reaction to this sensory exhibition. It is bound to be a popular family attraction over the May half-term and summer months. Children will be able to learn about microbes in a fun environment. There is an engaging events programme planned to animate the exhibition aimed at families.”

The Microbes exhibition is complemented by an exciting programme of events aimed at families and young people. Baby sensory sessions for ages 0 to 3 will encourage young visitors to sing and play, the first one is on 21 June.

Musical Microbes, for over 5s, will allow young visitors to explore the exhibition through movement and music. Sensory Explorers is an artist-led workshop developed for children and young people with autism. To find out more about the events programme and to book tickets visit the Ferens Art Gallery website.

Microbes is a family-friendly art installation.

Councillor Marjorie Brabazon, chair of Hull Culture and Leisure, said: “It is great to have such high quality exhibitions in the city, especially ones aimed at families during the summer period. Through its many exhibitions and events the gallery is accessible to all and we aim to inspire people throughout their lives to take part in creative learning, take part in events or get involved as a volunteer. This is another great example of how local people are engaged in culture and are learning through the city’s broad cultural offering.”

The microbes are designed by Spacecadets Air Design.

Jamima Latimer, from Spacecadets, said: “We are very excited to be bringing Microbes to Ferens Art Gallery, where visitors will be encouraged to use their senses to explore the miniature world of micro-organisms and challenge the way we see our bodies, we are all human ecosystems!”

This free exhibition will run from 18 May to 1 September 2019 in Gallery 4. The Gallery is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4.30pm, and Sunday, 11am to 4pm.

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