Foundation for Iron and Steel Sculpture Opens at Ironbridge
A celebration on Saturday 22 October will launch of the Foundation for Iron and Steel Sculpture at Ironbridge. The Foundation, which has been running informally for 10 years, has already ma
de a significant contribution to the arts and the local economy. The Foundations activities are now being extended to provide unique facilities and opportunities for artists, students and the general public. It will also provide vital support for art in engineering, manufacturing and architecture.
The Foundation is situated within the Ironbridge Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture, which is located in the historically appropriate district of Coalbrookdale. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO it is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution with all that meant for the development of the iron and steel industries. The Museum home to an internationally renowned collection of over 70 large steel and iron sculptures by 29 artists displayed throughout 10 acres of beautiful Shropshire landscape. This launch event will be a special public open day from 2:00 pm onwards.
Visitors will be able to participate in guided tours of the Museum conducted by sculptors represented in the collection. A new CD Audio Publication featuring recordings by Pam Brown FRBS, the Museum’s Co-Founder and several of the sculptors associated with the collection has been produced for the day.
An exhibition of smaller works will also be on display within the onsite studio/workshop along with access to the collection of smaller works and maquettes by Roy Kitchin FRBS, the Museum Founder.
For art collectors over 170 works of art ranging from large steel sculptures to maquettes, drawings and prints will be for sale for the first time ever. The artists will be generously donating 50% of the proceeds towards the Foundations charitable fundraising efforts.
To find the foundation and participate in the launch celebrations, follow signs to Coalbrookdale Museums and then look for the signs to Museum of Steel Sculpture. The address is Cherry Tree Hill, Coalbrookdale, Telford, Shropshire, TF8 7EF. Telephone 01952 433152.
For further information about the Event contact: Sandra Higgins – firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about the Foundation contact: Philip Sweet – email@example.com
For further information about the Museum contact: Pam Brown, Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit www.go2.co.uk/steelsculpture for images and a schematic map of the location.