New era: new gallery

Tudor Gwynn

By: Tudor Gwynn | Date: 4/05/2017

Spark Gallery

To celebrate our 25th birthday, we’re creating a first for Eureka! – a brand new temporary exhibition space.

Due to this exciting programme of works Our Global Garden Gallery will be closed from May. Taking its place will be Spark Gallery, a brand spanking new arts, science and maker space for temporary exhibitions. First up will be digiPlaySpace, award-winning exhibitiopn from the Toronto International Film Festival, coming to Europe for the first time from July to December 2017. digiPlayspace is an award winning exhibition of the most innovative, imaginative multi-media installations from around the world.

To get the new gallery ready we’re working on developing the new space with local multi-disciplinary architects, Gagarin Studio and Graham Construction. You can see their nifty design below.

What does the construction of the Spark Gallery mean for our visitors?

Sadly our magic wands are out of action so this will take a little time. In order to make this transformation, Our Global Garden will close from May 8th until digiPlaySpace opens in July, when it will be all shiny and new ready for our birthday weekend on 8 & 9 July.

Throughout the construction period, the rest of the museum will be up and running as usual and we will still have our amazing Enabler-led workshops and events, including National Childrens Day and Animal Adventure. So you are guaranteed the typical fun-packed Eureka! experience you’d expect. Find out more about what’s on.

What can I expect in Spark Gallery?

First up for Spark Gallery is digiPlaySpace; from TIFF is full of cutting edge fun tech to explore:

  • Create music with electrical circuits
  • Make a stop-motion animation dance video
  • Code your own DIY robot

And then from January 2018 we’ll be welcoming another brand new exhibition – details coming soon.

How much and who’s paying?

The creation of the Spark Gallery is costing £82,000 and is being paid for from the generosity of Graham Construction and their suppliers and museum funds. Plus we are thrilled to announce we have received £30,000 from the Foyle Foundation.

The digiPlaySpace exhibition has been made possible through a £60,000 grant from the Arts Council England; £5,000 from the Holbeck Charitable Trust and museum funds.

This is just the beginning…

For the next few years, Spark Gallery will house travelling temporary exhibitions or artists to bring the arts and science to life for our visitors, meaning that every time you visit there’ll be something new.

Where can I find out more?

We will share some sneak-peeks on social media, so keep your eyes peeled. Or subscribe to our newsletter below to guarantee staying up-to-date with developments.

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Eureka! The National Children’s Museum
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