A contemporary art exhibition inviting the people of Wisbech to look beyond the displays in the museum has been unveiled.
International Dutch artist Marjolijn Dijkman has created a thought-provoking installation in Wisbech and Fenland Museum, inspired by the historic vitrines and display cases in the museum.
Marjolijn said: “I am looking at the meaning behind the cases and the vitrines and the techniques used to make the functional into the non-functional. I am not looking at the items, I am looking at the structure.”
‘History Rising’ is a celebration of the museum and exhibition curator Jes Fernie hopes lots of local people will come along to look at the sculptures and not be put off by the ‘contemporary art’ label.
“I hope people will try and think about how the museum organises their displays and what they are trying to say,” she said. “People just need to be open enough to look at it.”
To celebrate the exhibition, which is running at the museum until January 5, a cake competition will be launched in partnership with the Fenland Citizen.
Baking enthusiasts in and around Wisbech are invited to create a culinary delight inspired by the cabinets at the museum. The cakes can take any form but must be edible.
They can be extremely simple or elaborate, their patterns could be revealed on the inside when cut open or they could be built up in icing.
The creations will be judged by MP Steve Barclay on Saturday, December 7 and he will be looking for imagination, technique and enthusiasm. There will be a first prize of £100, second prize of £50 and third prize of £25.
And the ‘History Rising’ project, which has been made possible through funding from Arts Council England and Mondriaan Fund, wants to get children involved. They will be able to try on a selection of costumes made specifically for the project by artists Liz Ballard and Julia Devonshire. The costumes will be in the basement of the museum throughout November and December.
• For more information about the cake competition, email museum curator David Wright at email@example.com