Families invited to ‘Come Create’ at Birmingham Science Museum’s Thinktank


Thinktank is inviting visitors to get in touch with their inventive side, in the new summer exhibition ‘Come Create’. Open daily from 24 May – 7 September 2014, ‘Come Create’ combines some of the more extraordinary creations from Birmingham Museums’ collection, alongside fun hands-on activities for all ages. These include making a giant ball run, creating electric circuits and fun invention-themed art activities.

Visitors can see some objects from the collection, which are not often on display, including the iconic Heinkel cabin cruiser 3-wheel bubble car, and Peter Sedgley’s art piece ‘Cycle’. In addition, there will be 12 visitor-activated mechanical sculptures, plus a selection of work by local students from the Birmingham Ormiston Academy.

Over the May half term holiday, Thinktank is giving visitors the chance to take part in a large-scale art project with local artist Sweaty Eskimo. The artist is providing an outline drawing inspired by ‘Come Create’ and the themes of patterns, circuits and mechanisms found in Thinktank. Visitors will be asked to colour in the work over the week (26 – 29 May), and the finished piece will be revealed Friday 30 May. The artwork will then be on display until the end of the exhibition in September.

Lorna Williams, Deputy Exhibitions Manager at Birmingham Museums comments; “Birmingham is and for centuries has been a hub of creativity and ingenuity, and this exhibition really brings that to life. It is great to be able to show our visitors some of the more unusual creations in Birmingham Museums’ collection alongside some brilliant contemporary work by local students and artists.

Thinktank isn’t the only place in Birmingham for visitors to see creativity in action. Over at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, ‘Marvellous Machines’ is open daily until 21 September. Visitors can step inside the world of machines and drawings by creator and inventor Rowland Emett, perhaps best known for his contraptions featured in the film ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’.

For further information, visit www.thinktank.ac or www.bmag.org.uk

‘Come Create’ exhibition open at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum 24 May – 7 September 2014
Thinktank is open daily 10.00am – 5pm.