Faye Claridge - Weighty Friend

Shifting Worlds artist in residence covers the historic Iron Bridge with a 'tatter coat' of rags, Oct 2015. Image Nathan Tromans.

Faye Claridge - Weighty Friend

Shifting Worlds artist in residence covers the historic Iron Bridge with a 'tatter coat' of rags, Oct 2015. Image Rebecca Farkas..

Nathan Tromans - The Trail of Thomas Love

An evening of songs and projections

The House of Fairy Tales

Join the adventures on 22 August 2015. Image by Guzelian.

David Nash

Three Black Humps is exhibited at Coalbrookdale until 2016. Image Rebecca Farkas/Meadow Arts.

Shifting Worlds Events

Contemporary Art and the Birthplace of Industry

22 June - 18 December 2015

Meadow Arts is delighted to announce a new exhibition and residency programme in partnership with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, funded by Arts Council England.

Shifting Worlds explores the impact of the Industrial Revolution and challenges our understanding of its legacy in an exciting programme of contemporary arts events, featuring a newly commissioned sculpture by David Nash, an artist's residency with Faye Claridge and an interactive adventure from The House of Fairy Tales. In the autumn, exhibition Landscape With Machines opens and symposium Reimagining the Industrial Revolution takes place.

Shifting Worlds takes place at Coalbrookdale, the site of three of the ten exciting and varied museums that make up the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. The museums give a fascinating insight into the people, processes and landscape of the Industrial Revolution and its impact on the present day. 

Shifting Worlds events are suitable for Arts Award   Blue and grey logo in words


Events in the programme:

Faye Claridge

Artist in residence
25 Jun, 18 Jul, 12 Aug, 22 Aug, 9 Sept 2015

Faye Claridge will be working on site on the above dates as part of her residency. Visitors can meet the artist and join in with the project: making their own addition to a future artwork.

Entry charges apply click here for Ironbridge Ticket Prices

Weighty Friend
10 Oct 2015, 10am - noon

Artist in residence Faye Claridge will wrap the Iron Bridge in rags, like a  'tatter coat', aided by fifty-three invited participants, briefly altering the appearance of the historic landmark before returning it to its original condition.

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The House of Fairy Tales

The Time Travellers' Ironbridge Quest
22 August 2015

The House of Fairy Tales brings new adventure The Time Travellers' Ironbridge Quest to Enginuity and Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron in August. Families are invited to embark on a mysterious quest and follow an amazing trail with games, clues, tasks, challenges and artist led workshops to receive rewards. Storytellers, artists and performers will transform Coalbrookdale, offering families the opportunity to let their imaginations go wild, get creative and explore how industry changed their lives.

FREE ENTRY to Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Enginuity and Darby Houses

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Landscape with Machines

28 September - 18 December 2015


An exhibition that brings together artworks by leading contemporary artists, such as Jeremy Deller and Tony Cragg, and selected pieces from the Museum’s nationally Designated collection of Industrial Art. It celebrates artists’ reactions to the social, technological and aesthetic changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution.

Admission to the exhibition is free of charge: open 10am-5pm Monday-Sunday.

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Reimagining the Industrial Revolution

Shifting Worlds Symposium
9 - 10 October 2015


This innovative programme of events will provide the backdrop for "Shifting Worlds: Reimagining the Industrial Revolution", a symposium 9-10 October, when academics and artists will meet to discuss the themes explored by "Shifting Worlds".

£15 ticket charge for two day event

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The Trail of Thomas Love

Performance by Nathan Tromans
Sat 10 Oct, 7pm


Shropshire born songwriter and photographer Nathan Tromans will present an exclusive and enchanting multi-media show with his five piece band at Enginuity in Coalbrookdale, near Ironbridge on Saturday evening, 10 October.

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Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron
Coach Road