Air exhibition blows into Towneley Hall

Giant inflatables mimicking human body parts feature in a new exhibition at Towneley Hall.

The Generation AIR exhibition, inspired by human biology and the cells and organisms inside us, has arrived in Burnley from Durham where it broke visitor records.

Helen Beech, Ayron Ludlam-Palmer (4) and Caitlyn Beech (4) with the giant tonsills at the inflatable body parts exhibition at Towneley Hall.

Helen Beech, Ayron Ludlam-Palmer (4) and Caitlyn Beech (4) with the giant tonsills at the inflatable body parts exhibition at Towneley Hall.

From tomorrow visitors can have fun with a giant tunnel shaped like a human bone, tactile blood droplets suspended from the ceiling and moveable cushions in the form of giant blood cells.

Hayley Lees, one of the organisers, said: “The exhibition is inspired by human biology and the organisms and cells inside our bodies.”

Visitors will have a multisensory experience, with sound and lighting and opportunities to handle parts of the soft sculptures. The exhibition is designed to be enjoyed by young children and just as much by adults.

AIR is one of four inspirational exhibitions touring four galleries in the North of England under the name of Generation.

The two-year tour is specially designed to encourage families to visit contemporary art galleries.

Coun. Bea Foster, Burnley Council’s Executive member for leisure and culture, said: “Generation AIR was a huge hit in Durham and we’re really keen to show families in Burnley how enjoyable a visit to an art gallery can be for every generation.

“Spacecadets’ Generation AIR demands to be touched and children are free to move around in a safe, fun environment.

“I’d like to encourage families to visit the exhibition and experience what it has to offer.”

Generation AIR finishes on April 19th. Later in the summer, Towneley Hall will welcome Generation NOISE, another family-friendly commission that has already seen success at Central Gallery in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Entry to the exhibition will be free to Burnley residents and children. For more information about Generation, visit www.generationtour.org.uk