Exciting new touring exhibition, 'Brick Wonders', coming to Beverley Art Gallery this summer

Thu 24th June 2021
Great Barrier Reef Detail

Come and see the wonders of the world in LEGO!

East Riding Museums are delighted to announce that the ‘Brick Wonders’ exhibition, curated by artist Warren Elsmore, will be coming to Beverley Art Gallery from Saturday, 3 July to Saturday, 2 October, 2021.

Brick Wonders features recreations in LEGO® bricks of amazing sights from around the world. Beginning with the seven wonders of the ancient world, the exhibition also takes in modern, natural, and historic wonders from all seven continents.

Brick Wonders takes visitors from an Egyptian pyramid to the natural pyramid of the Matterhorn, the bustle of Old London Bridge to the awesome night skies of the Aurora Australis, and those everyday marvels we forget to wonder at, such as electricity and the Internet.

The centrepiece is a 2x3 metre installation of the Great Barrier Reef, complete with underwater lighting and sound effects, and LEGO recreations of everything from corals and sponges to turtles and reef-dwelling fish such as blue tangs, angel fish and a ray.

Over 40 other LEGO models are included, from tiny models to inspire building at home, to large mosaics and dioramas, and the exhibition is built from over 500,000 LEGO bricks.

In order to keep customers and the Art Gallery team as safe as possible, entry to the exhibition will be by ticket only, to manage the flow of customers and ensure visitors have the time and space to enjoy viewing.

Tickets are free, and are recommended to be booked in advance at https://www.eastridingmuseums.co.uk/brick-wonders/ There is no need to book in advance to visit the café or the Red Gallery (which includes the permanent collections in the Art Gallery), or for the rest of the Treasure House.

For those who are not pre-booked, but in the area – please feel free to try booking online on the day too. Tickets are emailed, so there is no requirement to print them – just show your smartphone when entering the gallery.

As well as enjoying Brick Wonders, visitors can take a trip down memory lane with displays of historic toys in the café area and explore the Museum and Beverley Library too.

Councillor Mike Medini, portfolio holder for cultural and leisure assets, said: "It is very exciting that we are able to stage a major touring exhibition at Beverley Art Gallery this year again for the first time for a while, and I have no doubt that this will prove very popular! This should be a great trip out this summer for families and children of all ages!"

Beverley Art Gallery curator Helena Cox added: "It has been fantastic for the team here to work on this exciting exhibition, and I know that it will be both educational and fun for our visitors! This will be great escapism from the realities of life this year!"

The café will also be open throughout the exhibition, serving a range of hot and cold drinks, light bites and tray bake cakes.

Beverley Art Gallery is located in the Treasure House in Champney Road. Admission is free and opening hours for the gallery are:

  • Monday, 9.30am - 4.45pm
  • Tuesday, 9.30am - 7.45pm
  • Wednesday, 9.30am - 4.45pm
  • Thursday, 9.30am - 7.45pm
  • Friday, 9.30am - 4.45pm
  • Saturday, 9am - 3.45pm

Full details can be found at https://www.eastridingmuseums.co.uk/find-a-museum/?entry=treasure_museum_gallery

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