Museum’s steam roller to join national art project

Amberley Museum steam roller SUS-160202-125833001
Amberley Museum steam roller SUS-160202-125833001

Here at Amberley Museum we are very excited to be involved in a national art project run by Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft.

The Big Steam Print will see one of our very own steam rollers travelling across the country to make some of the biggest art prints you’re likely to see!

The project’s first stop is here at Amberley on Easter Monday March 28 where you can witness this art in action.

Other ports of call include the London Transport Museum’s Acton Depot, Brighton as part of Brighton Festival and the village fair in Ditchling.

Students, community groups and acclaimed artists – including Angie Lewin, Rob Ryan and Anthony Burrill – will produce their biggest-ever prints in a heady haze of steam and ink. Prints which survive the pummelling of tonnes of steel on tarmac will form the Big Steam Print exhibition at Phoenix Gallery in Brighton from August 6 to August 21. Just a couple of weeks ago a short film was made here at Amberley to sell the project.

Now it’s your turn. In order to realise this incredible, brilliant and slightly crazy ambition, £12,500 needs to be raised in just 30 days to cover the costs.

Please visit where you can watch the film, see how the fundraising is going, and choose yourself a fantastic reward by an acclaimed artist if you would like to help turn our steam roller into a printing press!

Amberley Museum is a 36 acre site set in the South Downs National Park dedicated to industrial heritage, with communications and electricity exhibition halls, working printshop, stationary engines, lime kilns and more.

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Report and picture contributed by Amberley Museum.