Art is... festival to open Museum of Lands Past

ART will meet science and history on Friday night with the opening of the Museum of Lands Past as part of Horsham’s Art is... festival.

The museum is a collaboration between Sydney-based artists Aesha Henderson and Andrew Blizzard from the Erth company, Natimuk artists Dave Jones and Mary French and emerging artist Adelle Rohrsheim. 

Henderson said inspiration had been drawn from the ideas of Wimmera primary school pupils at workshops earlier this year.

“We’ve tried to reinterpret the traditional museum into a space that’s a bit more artistic and a bit more connected with the local area,” she said.

Without wanting to give too much away before the grand opening, Henderson hinted at a diverse and interactive experience.

“You’ll find yourself in a magical space,” she said. 

“We’ve got lots of interactive displays, shadow displays and an interactive sandpit where you can dig for fossils.” 

The centrepiece of the museum is an eight-metre Plesiosaur.

Henderson said inside the museum there was also glow in the dark fish and an interactive sound display where people use a theremin to manipulate water.

She said the museum had been designed to be child-friendly.

The museum is at 9A Firebrace Street, Horsham and will open to the public on Friday at 6pm. 

It will be open during the Art is... festival from May 31 to June 9.


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