AN OCCASION LIKE NOTHING ON EARTH
(BECAUSE IT’S LITERALLY BELOW THE EARTH)
Back To The Cave
21st May – 29th August 2022
Back to the Cave is a first-of-its-kind exhibition of Modern and contemporary sculpture in the extraordinary setting of Clearwell Caves. Curated by Gallery Pangolin, the exhibition is held entirely underground, throughout 10 caverns, which were aptly also known to miners as ‘galleries’. The exhibition will take modern art back to its spiritual home (into a cave) with an almost prehistoric atmosphere and unexpected discoveries at every turn.
60 works of art by 47 internationally renowned artists are on display.
Sound and interactive installations have been positioned through the caverns.
The project was inspired by the large colony of rare lesser horseshoe bats that roost in the Caves through winter; this is currently the largest lesser horseshoe bat colony hibernating in the UK and possibly Europe. The installations highlight how both humans and bats use sound. Hopefully it will help visitors appreciate these often ignored, misunderstood and incredibly interesting, wild animals.
There are sound installations in the caves, revealing complex bat voices, as well as archive recordings of iron miners, discussing their experiences, working underground in this mine, well over 75 years ago.
LOCATION FOR TV & FILM
A place this otherworldly, this historic, this mysterious and atmospheric, makes a fantastic backdrop for anything underground. Ample vehicle parking.