The new family-friendly exhibition “Generation AIR” at the Tameside Central Art Gallery on Old Street gives visitors the chance to travel about inside the human body like Stephen Boyd did in the classic sci-fi film “Fantastic Voyage”?
It’s a multi-sensory experience complete with magical sound and lighting that allows visitors to go inside inflatable tunnels shaped like human bones where there are cushions in the form of huge blood cells. You can handle parts of the soft sculptures and the exhibition is designed to be enjoyed by young children just as much by adults.
The exhibition opens at Tameside Central Art Gallery, Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, on Thursday, April 30.The launch event takes place from 4 to 5.30pm. The exhibition continues until July 4.
Generation AIR has been created by Spacecadets, an innovative group producing incredible inflatable structures and sculptures for visual, arts and cultural events in Britain and abroad.
A spokesperson for the exhibition said:
“With the Generation tour we are making our exhibitions as family-friendly as possible and ensuring our galleries are places where people, and especially children, can be themselves as well as inspired by the amazing artwork.
“We worked with staff at St Peter’s Children’s Centre, Ashton, when we commissioned the exhibition. Their staff helped us draw up a shortlist of artists to interview and Spacecadets were one they really wanted us to select.”
"Generation Air" is the second Generation exhibition to be shown at the central gallery. Last autumn Generation Noise, which featured wooden sound machines, increased visitor numbers by 50 per cent.