Digital art set for summer renaissance at Eureka!

A prestigious digital art exhibition is set to get kids creative in new and exciting ways this summer as Eureka! The National Children’s Museum shows young people how art can be brought to life with interactive 21st century technology.

Fusion: Adventures in Digital Art – curated by The Lumen Prize for Digital Art, which has staged more than 40 shows in 13 countries – is designed to challenge traditional stereotypes children often have that art has to be created with paints, brushes and canvas. Digital art is a term used to describe art that is made or presented using digital technology and includes interactive pieces so viewers can get involved and change the form or appearance.

Fusion features 14 works by 10 international artists, who were each finalists or winners of the competition during the past six years; five are based in the UK, two each from France and the US, and one from Germany. All are being brought together for the very first time. It will be in place at the Halifax attraction throughout the summer holidays in the musuem’s Spark gallery and will remain there until 25 November 2018. You can watch a video of it here.

Leigh-Anne Stradeski, Eureka! Chief Executive, says: “Art takes lots of forms and many young visitors and their families may never have been to a traditional gallery or thought it was the sort of place they should visit. But with Fusion we are demonstrating how art is for them too. Here at Eureka! we love to challenge perceptions and show how things can be done differently. This installation, packed full of interactive digital art, will inspire and excite as to what can be possible when today’s new-generation of 21st century artists think wider than painting and sculpture.”

Eureka!’s Spark gallery previously hosted the Toronto Film Festival’s digiPlaySpace exhibition, which was seen by 250,000+ visitors to the museum and contributed to its busiest year in two decades.

Carla Rapoport, Director of the Lumen Prize, said: “The Lumen Prize celebrates the very best digital art created by artists around the world. Our goal is to focus the world’s attention on this exciting genre in all its forms, through an annual competition to select artworks that then go on to be exhibited in events and exhibitions around the world.

“We are delighted to be working with Eureka! to bring Fusion to life. Every year Lumen is reaching more artists and institutions to connect with a wide variety of audiences. Raising the understanding and awareness of digital art is integral to what Lumen does. We want to create memorable experiences that make conversations happen and foster community interaction. We are hoping to inspire the next generation of artists to look differently at the technology that they use in their everyday life.”

The full list of works exhibited in Fusion: Adventures in Digital Art:

Eureka website: https://www.eureka.org.uk/

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