Ambergate Wireworks – The Part They Played – Wire Sculpting Workshop at Museum of Making

17/07/2022, 11:00 - 15:00

Museum of Making

Silk Mill Lane off Full Street




Museum of Making at Derby Silk has undergone a £18m refurbishment and welcomed its first visitors in May 2021. Derby’s stunning Silk Mill building stands…

Artists Heidi Luker and Lise Bennett have been funded by the National Lottery and Arts Council England to work collaboratively on a site-specific research and development project, Ambergate Wireworks – The Part They Played. A co-production with Derby’s Museum of Making, the project will explore visual artistic responses to how the Ambergate Wireworks (Johnson & Nephew Ltd), changed the course of communication technology, engineering, warfare & farming throughout the world through an immersive installation.

Over a series of five drop-in wire sculpting sessions in the Museum of Making, they will introduce people to simple methods of sculpting or ‘drawing’ with wire using a pair of pliers. They’d also love to hear from and interview any ex-workers who want to share their stories of working in the wireworks and will be happy to do so during the sessions. For this fourth session, Heidi and Lise will be looking at the themes of planes, trains and automobiles, linking to items in the collection at the Museum of Making.

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