Shifting Worlds

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Contemporary Art and the Birthplace of Industry

With a generous grant from Arts Council England, The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and Meadow Arts present a programme of contemporary art in response to the broad cultural and social significance of the world changing industrial developments that took place in Coalbrookdale in the 18th and 19th century.

Shifting Worlds will explore the profound changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution; how, as a result of daring undertakings in this idyllic Shropshire valley, our world shifted forever. Through a series of artistic and academic propositions, the Shifting Worlds programme will examine the role of the natural world, technology, and the imagination in the transformation of the landscape and society of Great Britain from the seventeenth century on.

It will engage audiences in a reflection about our industrial past, its impact on our present and prompt thoughts about what happens in its aftermath.

Faye Claridge

Faye Claridge
Artist in Residence
22 June - 31 Dec 2015
Dale House, Darby Houses

Follow the progress of our artist in residence, Faye Claridge as she creates a new work ‘The Mystery of the Missing Portraits’.

David Nash

David Nash - Three Black Humps
22 June 2015 - 1 June 2016
The Green, Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron

Internationally renowned artist David Nash has created a new monumental sculpture from charred wood sitting on a bed of coal.

Time Traveller

The Time Travellers’ Ironbridge Quest
22 August 2015
Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron & Enginuity

A free interactive adventure taking over Enginuity and the Museum of Iron.


Landscape with Machines
25 Sept 2015 - 18 Dec 2015
Coalbrookdale Gallery

This eclectic exhibition brings together artworks by leading contemporary artists selected pieces from the Museum’s nationally Designated collection of Industrial Art.

Re-imaging the industrual revolution
Shifting Worlds Symposium: Re-imagining the Industrial Revolution – 9 & 10 Oct 2015

Academics and artists come together to discuss the themes explored by Shifting Worlds, challenging ideas about our personal and collective present and future.