First Time Out
5. June — 2. July,
Free Entry, donations welcome
The 'First Time Out' initiative will see ten museums and galleries exhibit an artefact from their archives which has never been seen before and tell its story. In an interesting twist, these ten artefacts will be switched between partnered venues mid-way through the project; allowing the artefacts story to be told through the eyes of the new venue as well as allowing a new audience to view the piece.
Torso - Woman (1913)by Eric Gill, courtesy of J P Bland photography
'First Time Out' brings out treasures from behind the scenes and moves them between London and the regions, giving each a chance to speak to different audiences and find new meanings. For some, this may be the only time they are ever seen by visitors.
During the first half of the initiative from 6 June – 3 July the stone sculpture by Eric Gill, Torso - Woman (1913) will be on show in the entrance lobby of The Lightbox.
The Lightbox gallery & museum manages and displays The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art. Torso – Woman is a significant new sculptural addition to the collection because of its historic and artistic importance. Made soon after Gill began direct carving of stone figures and around the time of converting to Catholicism, the sculpture highlights Gill’s mastery of linear expression and is evidence of Gill’s interest in medieval religious art, Egyptian, Greek and Indian sculpture.
Participants of ‘First Time Out’ are the Horniman Museum and Gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Natural History Museum, London, the Science Museum and Wellcome Collection who are twinned with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Lightbox (Woking), Peterborough Museum, Discovery Museum (Newcastle) and Waddesdon Manor, respectively.
From 5 July – 31 July there will be a swap and Charles Darwin’s rarest work, Letters on Geology, Privately printed; Cambridge, 1835, will be displayed with the corresponding original letter.