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MERGE Festival takes over the Kirkaldy Testing Museum

Hydraulic Testing Works extends its open hours from one day a month to five days a week to house MERGE artist in residence James Capper!
  • The Kirkaldy Testing Museum
    The Kirkaldy Testing Museum
  • The Kirkaldy Testing Museum
    The Kirkaldy Testing Museum
  • The Kirkaldy Testing Museum
    The Kirkaldy Testing Museum
  • James Capper Welding
    James Capper Welding
  • James Capper's sculptures for MERGE
    James Capper's sculptures for MERGE

From the 10th to 20th October 2013 award winning and Southwark based artist James Capper will take up residence in the Kirkaldy Testing Museum – a curious Victorian building on Southwark Street.

The Kirkaldy is home to Britain’s first machine built to test the breaking point of materials. Without the development of this machine history would have seen an increase in disasters such at the Tay Bridge collapse. James Capper, local artist/scientist/engineer, will be using Kirklady’s original machine to expand and test the breaking point of ten steel sculptures that he has created especially for MERGE. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see the effect the hydraulic machine has on the sculptures, the artist predicts the materials will stretch up to one metre, producing a range of contorted and expanded shapes and patterns. All work created will form an evolving exhibition and no two visits will be the same.

The exhibition is open Wednesdays to Sundays, 12.00 – 19.00. Live performances of metal stretching take place every Saturday at 14.00 and are free.

‘James Capper and the Kirkaldy Testing Museum’ is presented by MERGE, the annual arts, music and performance festival that draws on the rich heritage and contemporary culture of Bankside by staging exhibitions, performances, and events in vacant office blocks, historic buildings, open spaces, and local businesses.

MERGE is created by Better Bankside and leading Bankside-based arts events company, Illuminate Productions. It is supported by Tate Modern, Mace, Ibstock Brick and Arts Council England.

Created Oct 4 2013