Epic CIC and Exhibition Road Collaborate

At Epic we are passionate about bringing everyday experiences to life to inspire ideas in children and young people. In June-July 2017 a new programme of activities was developed in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum as part of a week long celebration of the opening of the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter. In the lead up to the celebrations, we ran a series of 4 workshops with Carlo Rizzo, Director of Exhibition Road Commission which brought together young people from Kensington & Chelsea to build a new floating sculpture.

Aerocene sculptures floated high above the road on 1st July as part of the V&A's Reveal Festival. Visitors to Exhibition Road also joined the Museo Aero Solar community by helping to create a new floating sculpture using recycled plastic bags.

Participants on the workshops had a brilliant time developing their own Aerocene, Carlo also facilitated two more Aerocene workshops in Youth Centres across Kensington & Chelsea in August 2017.  As a result of this pilot, Epic CiC has been awarded funding through BBC Children in Need and Wellcome Trust's joint grant stream, Curiosity to develop this work and gain a better understand how to enthuse and engage children and young people to participate in science and possibly spark the aspiration to enter careers in this field.

About the project

The Exhibition Road Commission is an experimental artistic project co-produced by members of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group: a partnership of the leading cultural and educational organisations in London, among them Serpentine Galleries, Imperial College London, The Natural History Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum.

It aims to develop new modes of collaboration across disciplines and offer a creative platform for artists; a chance to engage audiences in London with new ideas and works; as well as creating a positive and enriching experience for students, researchers and young people from our local community.

Inflated only by air, lifted only by the sun, carried only by the wind, towards clean and sustainable futures Tomas Saraceno

Aerocene in Exhibition Road opened up new ways of approaching and combining different disciplines, sharing
across artistic and scientific practices, debating geographical exploration today and developing a new
intellectual framework for independence from fossil fuels. It offered inspiration to school children and PhD
students alike and brought this debate to a wider audience.







To find out more:

The Aerocene on Exhibition Road publication, including contributions from leading scientists and researchers and available online on www.aerocene.org