Published: 18 April 2011 at 12:34
Anglia Ruskin University’s new art space is a first for the UK
Anglia Ruskin University will open a groundbreaking digital gallery in the centre of Cambridge on 9 May, the first of its kind in the UK.
Housed in the Ruskin Gallery, part of the Cambridge School of Art which was opened by John Ruskin in 1858, the innovative new gallery will display art in a digital format on High Definition screens, including the world’s first Panasonic 103” 3D Full HD plasma screen which has been specially imported from Japan.
Chris Owen, Head of the Cambridge School of Art said:
The Ruskin Gallery is a unique exhibition space surrounded by artists’ studios on the Anglia Ruskin campus. Open to the general public, all exhibitions are free and carefully selected to provide a memorable gallery-going experience.
With its vaulted ceilings, character and light, the Ruskin Gallery is the perfect backdrop for traditional shows and the new technology – which also includes a state-of-the-art Bose audio system – has been installed to complement the building’s period character. The new digital technology is fully flexible, allowing both traditional hanging and digital viewing, either independently, or at the same time. The area underneath the main exhibition space has been transformed into a photography gallery and there is also an interactive touch-screen information point.
The work was carried out by Snelling Business Systems and Managing Director Toby Wise said:
The digital gallery will help to further the relationship between art and science at Anglia Ruskin, with similar cross-disciplinary projects already existing with the Digital Performance Lab and the Cultures of the Digital Economy (CoDE) Research Institute.
Professor Derrik Ferney, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences, said: