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David Nash - Three Black Humps

Charred oak (in three parts) and coal. Meadow Arts/Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust commission 2015.

Faye Claridge - Inventive Offspring

Mixed media. Artist's Residency/Meadow Arts & Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust commission 2015.

Faye Claridge - Weighty Friend

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

David Nash

David Nash, Three Black Humps, 2015 (with red) charcoal and pastel on paper. Sketch for proposed sculpture, courtesy the artist.

Shifting Worlds

A contemporary art programme at Coalbrookdale in Ironbridge Gorge

Shifting Worlds

18 June - 18 December 2015

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and Meadow Arts present a programme of contemporary art in response to the broad cultural and social significance of Coalbrookdale, 'birthplace of industry' and now a World Heritage Site.

Shifting Worlds explores the profound changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution; how, as a result of daring undertakings in this idyllic Shropshire valley, our world shifted forever. Through a series of artistic and academic propositions, the Shifting Worlds programme examines the role of the natural world, technology, and the imagination in the transformation of the landscape and society of Great Britain from the seventeenth century on. The programme engages audiences in a reflection about our industrial past, its impact on our present and prompts thoughts about what happens in its aftermath.


A range of events accompany this exhibition including contributing to artworks, a symposium, artists talks, curators tours and interactive family events.

For opening times, prices and the latest event times, visit

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Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron
Coach Road


Museum of Iron

Viaduct and factory ruins

Open 7 days a week

10am - 5pm

Tel 01952 433424


The Ironbridge Gorge is in Shropshire, 5 miles (8km) south of Telford Town Centre and is well signposted from M54, J4. When you leave M54 follow the brown and white tourism signs for Ironbridge Gorge. As you get closer to the Museums follow the specific signs:

For Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Enginuity and Darby Houses follow Coalbrookdale Museums


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