On the edge of the seat at Large Glass

Edge of the seat“Edge of the Seat: An Artist’s Chair”
14 March 2014 – 14 June 2014
Works by Phyllida Barlow, Susan Collis, Adam Colton, Dorothy Cross, Jimmie Durham, Martino Gamper, Antony Gormley, Jana Sterbak and Richard Wentworth

Take a seat, any seat. Now just sit there and think about what you’ve done… Here’s an exhibition to make you sit up and take new notice. Ali Smith

Large Glass
392 Caledonian Road, N1 1DN
020 7609 9345

‘Superposition’ at the Canal Museum

‘Superposition’ combines physics, art and history: the Institute of Physics asked an artist to design a work for the eastern ice well of the Canal Museum. The result refers to particle detectors, especially to neutrino detectors (which are in deep mines). On Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays until 20 October visitors can climb down into the ice well to see it for themselves; there are also pictures relayed from the ice well to the normal visiting area and to the web site. On 17 October the artist (Lyndall Phelps) and a physicist (Ben Still) will talk about the work (which they call ‘Covariance’). There are many more details here.

Early summer outdoor events nearby

Museums at Night Weekend, London Canal Museum, 12-13 New Wharf Road: Saturday 18 May, 5:30 pm-11:00 pm

Open for Culture24.

  • Climb down by ladder into the ice wells (5:30 pm-7:30 pm) if you are more than ten years old.
  • See icy works of art, including ice sculpture, film, installation and painting.
  • Hear Simon Barraclough present excerpts from Debris Field, words and sights related to icebergs, hypothermia and the cold starlit sky as the Titanic slips beneath the waves.
  • Hear Alan Ward perform poems inspired by the ice wells, the people who worked in them and the sensations which are tingled by vast blocks of ice.
  • Write your own verse.

The museum is also usually open between Tuesdays and Sundays 10:00 am-16:30 pm and on bank holiday Mondays 10:00 am-16:30 pm. The ice wells were built in 1862-1863 for Carlo Gatti to store ice brought by canal and sea from Norway. The event is the first in a series this year celebrating the conservation work on them described here.

Open Gardens Day, Barnsbury (36 Thornhill Square, 44 Hemingford Road, Barnsbury Wood on Crescent Street and 1 Battlebridge Court on Wharfdale Road): Sunday 19 May, 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Open for the National Gardens Scheme.

  • See contrasting gardens, with old roses, perennials and unusual shrubs at 36 Thornhill Square and 44 Hemingford Road, mature woodland in Barnsbury Wood, and plantsman’s layouts with views to the canal and houseboats in 1 Battlebridge Court.
  • Support charity with the combined admission charge of £6 for adults and £0 for children.
  • Buy home made teas and plants at 36 Thornhill Square.

Barnsbury Wood is also usually open on Tuesdays 2:00 pm-4:00 pm and in the summer (from July to September) on Saturdays 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. To take part in conservation work there (or in Gillespie Park or Parkland Walk) on Thursdays 10:00 am-4:30 pm call 020 7527 4374; other events organised by the ecology centre are listed here.

Open Squares Weekend, Barnsbury Square: Saturday 8 June, 2:30 pm-4:30 pm

Open for the London Parks and Gardens Trust.

  • Get tea, coffee and soft drinks in the hut.

The hut is also usually open on Tuesdays 2:00 pm-4:00 pm and on Saturdays 11:00 am-12:00 noon.