Image: Simon Bruntnell
13 June – 30 June The Great Glass Bead Game
Victoria Place Colchester CO1 1LR
Bubbles and beads.
Cast, flame and blown glass work
Fused, vitreous and iridescent. Mirrors, minerals, web and wire
Ice, light, clear
Space marbles, glass peacocks, spiders webs and life size men
Beads of sweat, tears
Pure and impure
An exhibition of glass work and imagination featuring work from:
Red Flower Glass
Ellison Art Glass
Steam Punk Glass
Stained Glass work from Adult Community Learning group led by Carol Hennahane
The Colchester Glass bead!
From 13 – 30 June 2012 Slack Space presents a very special exhibition ‘The Great Glass Bead Game!’ This exhibition is part of Colchester Carnival and Sparks Will Fly, the official Essex Cultural Olympiad event, and features some very exciting activity!
In May a 12ft high champion Marina (a stilted performer and chariot) arrives on a sail barge to Harwich. She is met by local dignitaries and others. The Champion is here to play ‘The Game’ and must collect 12 giant glass beads from across Essex. A few days later another Champion, Boris, arrives via Stansted Airport and is greeted with the full state welcome! Boris too is here to collect glass beads and play ‘The Game’. For the next month the two Champions go all over Essex, never meeting each other, joining in a big event in each town and finding beads. Each time they visit a town they grow bigger and by the time they get to Colchester they are 12 foot high!
The finale date is Hylands Park Chelmsford on July 6th when the two Champions meet and battle it out in ‘The Game,’ accompanied by a spectacular fire show. This finale event also celebrates the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Chelmsford.
The puppet Marina will arrive in Colchester on 30 June, Carnival day, to find the Colchester glass bead!