Glass Delusions

1st October - 19th December 2015

Mon - Sat 1-5pm

Glass sponge specimen jars photogram (C) Eleanor Morgan
  (c) Eleanor Morgan

How do minerals become living things? In this exhibition of prints, drawings, videos and objects, Artist in Residence Eleanor Morgan explores the slippery boundary between living and non-living materials. Her work is inspired by the Grant Museum's collection of intricate glass sponges – animals that naturally build themselves out of glass – they are formed of 90% silica.

Over the last year, Eleanor Morgan has been the Leverhulme Trust funded Artist in Residence at the Grant Museum of Zoology. Investigating the collection of glass sponges, Eleanor has been exploring glass as a material, its cultural significance and how living and inorganic glass interact. Glass Delusions is an exhibition of new work inspired by the Museum’s collection, the conversations she has had with biologists, chemists, geologists and engineers along the way, and the challenge of re-animating a museum of dead creatures.

You can download the Final Project Report here (pdf).


Events

Drawing 1

Drawing Master Class: Glass in Museums

Date: 1st October | Time: 6.30-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £6 | Age group: Adults

In Museums, it’s everywhere, specimens made of glass, in glass jars, under glass domes, covered with glass boxes. Look beyond the specimen and set yourself the peculiar challenge of drawing the glass, the overlooked material of museums. Join a Museum artist and some very special objects from the collection for this evening of drawing.

During the evening you will also have a private view of Glass Delusions, an exhibition of new work by artist Eleanor Morgan who has been in residence at the Grant Museum of Zoology. Ticket costs also include a free glass of wine. Materials will be provided.

Tickets cost £6 but booking is essential visit www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com

EM talk

Glass Delusion exhibition talk: Artist in Conversation

Date: 7th October | Time: 1pm to 2pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join historians, scientists and artists as they discuss their research and some of specimens from the Museum’s collection that inspired the artworks of Glass Delusions. Find out more about the exhibition and the techniques used to create Glass Delusions with our Leverhulme Trust funded artist in residence Eleanor Morgan. Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm, talks start at 1.15pm and lasts 30 minutes with the speaker on hand till 2pm. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime.

Making masterclass

Making Master Class: Lampworking Glass

Date: 15th October | Time: 6.30pm - 9pm | Location: Institute of Making, Malet Place, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £12 | Age group: Adults

Lampworking is one of the most ancient glassmaking techniques, with examples dating back to the 5th century BC. Join Dr Shelley James from the Royal College of Art as she invites participants to work glass using the latest generation of portable flameworking torches. During this interactive session you will have the opportunity to explore basic techniques: heating, shaping, blowing simple forms and creating holes to create your own warbling whistles from test tubes. Tickets are £12 and booking is essential via http://grantmuseum.eventbrite.com sessions start at 6.30pm and 7.45pm

Fish at Sluice

The Fish Print at Sluice_

Date: 17th October | Time: 11am - 1pm | Location: Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London | Price: Free | Age group: All

How did fishermen record the size and species of their catches before the invention of photography? The old Japanese printing technique of Gyotaku or ‘fish rubbing’ provided a solution. Artists Eleanor Morgan and Sam Curtis of the Centre for Innovative and Radical Fishmongery invite you to re-imagine this printing process and to have a go at printing a fish of your own.

Glass Delusions will be popping up at the Sluice_ Fair on London’s Southbank, visit http://www.sluice.info/ for more details.

Mudlarking

Finding Diamonds along the Thames: Mudlarking walk

Date: 18th October | Time: 10:30am to 2pm | Location: Meet at the Millennium Bridge, North Side | Price: £6 | Age group: Adults and children aged over 12

Rambling along the foreshore of the Thames you can expect to find a wealth of treasure from the archaeological to the natural, but would you be lucky enough to find a diamond? Join us and the Thames Estuary Partnership on a mud larking walk led by archaeologist Mike Webber, retracing Eleanor Morgan’s footsteps and discover how she managed to make the Mudlark Diamond from her riverside finds.

Tickets are £6 and can be booked via http://grantmuseum.eventbrite.com

Egyptian Glass

Glass Delusions exhibition talk: Egyptian Glass

Date: 21st October | Time: 1pm to 2pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join historians, scientists and artists as they discuss their research and some of specimens from the Museum’s collection that inspired the artworks of Glass Delusions. Find out more about Dr. Daniela Rosenow’s investigations of some of the earliest ever glass produced and what it can tell us about the politics, society and economy of Ancient Egypt. Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm, talks start at 1.15pm and lasts 30 minutes with the speaker on hand till 2pm. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime.

Drawing 2

Drawing Master Class: Seascapes

Date: 3rd November | Time: 6.30pm-9pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £6 | Age group: Adults

Our collection is arranged according to family groups, animals that would have once co-existed together now are found in different cabinets. For one night only we are reuniting specimens from around the Museum to creating a seascape like no other and challenging the drawers of London to bring it back to life. Join a Museum artist and some very special specimens for this evening of drawing. Tickets are £6 and booking is essential visit http://grantmuseum.eventbrite.com 

Glass Sponges talk

Glass Delusions exhibition talk: Glass Sponges - The Living Glass

Date: 4th November | Time: 1pm to 2pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join historians, scientists and artists as they discuss their research and some of specimens from the Museum’s collection that inspired the artworks of Glass Delusions. Find out more about Dr. Kate Hendry’s research on the chemistry of the enigmatic glass sponges and what these deep sea creatures can tell us the climate of the past. Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm, talks start at 1.15pm and lasts 30 minutes with the speaker on hand till 2pm. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime.

People made of Glass

Glass Delusions exhibition talk: People made of glass

Date: 18th November | Time: 1pm to 2pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join historians, scientists and artists as they discuss their research and some of specimens from the Museum’s collection that inspired the artworks of Glass Delusions. Find out more from Dr. Carol Reeves and Dr. Bill Maclehose about history of the glass delusion, a mania that swept across Medieval Europe where people feared they were made of glass. Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm, talks start at 1.15pm and lasts 30 minutes with the speaker on hand till 2pm. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime.

Glass Creatures

The Glass Creatures of the Sea

Date: 25th November | Time: 6.30pm-9pm | Location: Chemistry Building lecture theatre, Gordon Street, University College London, University Street, WC1H 0AJ | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Created in the 1800’s by the father and son team of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, the glass models of invertebrates housed at the Grant Museum are a unique blend of art, science and craftsmanship. Join Natural History Museum Curator Miranda Lowe and scientific glassblower Stephen Ramsey as they explore the importance and use of these scientifically accurate and incredibly beautiful models. In a live glass-blowing demonstration we’ll uncover some of the glass making techniques used to create these intricate pieces of glass over 100 years ago.

How to make a diamond

Glass Delusions exhibition talk: How to make a diamond

Date: 9th December | Time: 1pm to 2pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Adults

Join historians, scientists and artists as they discuss their research and some of specimens from the Museum’s collection that inspired the artworks of Glass Delusions. Find out more about UCL’s diamond lab from Professor David Dobson and the processes involved in making a diamond. Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm, talks start at 1.15pm and lasts 30 minutes with the speaker on hand till 2pm. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime.

Making masterclass

Making Master Class: The Fish Print

Date: 10th December | Time: 6.30pm-9pm | Location: Institute of Making, Malet Place, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: £12 | Age group: Adults

How did fishermen record the size and species of their catches before the invention of photography? The old Japanese printing technique of Gyotaku or ‘fish rubbing’ provided a solution. Artists Eleanor Morgan and Sam Curtis of the Centre for Innovative and Radical Fishmongery invite you to re-imagine this printing process for and invite you to join them.

Tickets are £12 and booking is essential http://grantmuseum.eventbrite.com


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