Elizabeth Bell, Woman with mask, 2021, digital image, projected inside domestic medicine cabinet in Message in a Bottle exhibition (The Old Operating Theatre, 2021) Photo: Charlie Murphy

The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret in London is going to celebrate its reopening with a dynamic new exhibition of artworks and writing.

Responding to an innovative Community Arts Project comprised of a series of online workshops led by visual artist Charlie Murphy and creative writer Laurie Bolger,a diverse group of online participants have created artworks, creative writings, photography, video, and sculpture. They have creatively recorded the spaces, landscapes, objects, feelings, and rituals that have shaped their experiences of COVID-19 over the last year.

Inspired by artefacts and anecdotes from the museum’s collection, Message in a Bottle digitally and physically captures personal experiences of lockdown within the historic interiors, vessels, and artefacts of the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret. The resulting panopoly of digital projections and physical interventions expose poignant and startling contrasts and resonances between past and present public health crises.

Curated and produced by Charlie Murphy, this exhibition has been developed in collaboration with new technologist Robin Bussell, Laurie Bolger, Monica Walker, and over 30 online participants from across the UK and Europe.

You can purchase your tickets here: https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/visiting-us/

This project has been financially supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport funds the Cultural Development Fund which is administered by Arts Council England,” with in-kind support from Kingston School of Art and The artists agency. 

For further information please contact Monica Walker, Engagement & Front of House manager, at t. 02073576758 or e. monica.walker@oldoperatingtheatre.com.

Admission Prices:

  • Adult: £7.50
  • Concessions (Students aged 17 and above, Seniors, and Disabled Visitors): £6.00
  • Child 6-16 years: £4.50
  • Children under 6 years: Free
  • Family (2 adults, 2 children): £18.00

Additional Information

Charlie Murphy is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working with glass, light, new technologies, performance, photography and video.  Charlie and technologist Robin Bussell work as collaborative team Instagram @thephotonicexcitors,  www.charliemurphy.co.uk

Laurie Bolger is an English poet, stand-up and presenter based in London. She recently published her debut poetry collection ‘Box Rooms.’ www.lauriebolger.com

Hash tag: #MiBOldOp

Message in a Bottle: Visions from Covid-19 Lockdowns Exhibition
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