Hull prepares for spooky fun and Manic Mechanics in Humberside Museums at Night

By Culture24 Staff | 11 May 2010
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Manic Mechanics Loveboat. Courtesy Hull City Council

Hull City Council’s award winning Maritime Museum and Ferens Art Gallery are set to open their doors for Museums at Night 2010.

The Most Haunted night at the Maritime Museum has already sold out and 24 brave Hull residents will be taking part in an investigation into the ghostly goings on at the Museum - with all proceeds going to Kidney Research UK.

However if you still want to get involved in Museums at Night in Hull then head down to the Ferens Art Gallery to experience Manic Mechanics – Moving Sculpture by Johnny White and Amanda Wray.

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Push the button to start the Manic mehcnics this Museums at Night. Courtesy Hull City Council

The exhibition encourages audience participation as visitors bring the sculptures to life by peddling a bicycle, pressing a button or moving a leaver.

Derbyshire based artists Johnny White and Amanda Wray have created the sculptures from everyday recycled objects including old-fashioned fire extinguishers.

Johnny White and curators will be on hand to answer questions and there will be a pay bar, skiffle band, body popping lessons, cool craft activities and a living human statue.

Simon Green, assistant head of service for culture and lifestyle, is promising visitors a real insight into the sculptures on display "in a relaxed, laid-back setting".

"By taking part in the Museums at Night campaign we are hoping to reach a different audience and offer visitors a new way to experience our collections,” added Simon.

For more information on the Ferens Art Gallery event go to the Museums at Night page

Museums at Night events are being added all the time so don’t forget to check the Museums at Night homepage to find out what’s going on near you.

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