Atom: A Tale of Matter

12 January- 20 March

Experience an art exhibition and performance which illustrates the research undertaken during a recent collaborative project, titled Cumbria’s Atomic Story – a Fusion of People and Place.

Community arts organisation Prism Arts has worked with the Beacon Museum, Sellafield Ltd, Whitehaven Archive and Study Centre, National Nuclear Laboratory and other project partners who have been instrumental to the project research and project delivery.

The “Tale of Matter” starts with the Cumbrian scientist John Dalton and follows Cumbria’s connection with the nuclear industry through to the present day. Displays will include research drawings, the backdrops to the animations and designs and photographs of the puppets for the live show.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project has been run by Prism Arts, an inclusive arts charity based in Carlisle. Participants include members of Prism Art’s Studio Theatre West, the pupils of Distington Community School and Seascale Primary School. Project participants have completed project research and created the artwork and storyline for the performance. Members of Studio Theatre West will perform their work at Rosehill Theatre and the Beacon Museum during February and March 2019.

Learning officer at the Beacon Museum Alan Gillon comments;

“We are delighted to host this range of art forms that celebrate the nuclear heritage of our region. Children from the two primary schools and older participants from the Studio Theatre have been enthralled by their discoveries in learning about those who helped to harness nuclear energy in those early days. They have tried out lots of new ways of expressing themselves through the arts, and this variety is evident in the upcoming programme.”

The exhibition “ATOM- A Tale of Matter” opens at the Beacon Museum on Saturday 12 January and runs until 20 March 2019. Entry is free for Copeland residents with a Copeland pass, and standard admission otherwise applies. Tickets for the theatrical performances are available via the Facebook pages for Prism Arts and the Beacon Museum, or via Eventbrite.


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