A crowdfunding campaign to put on a free to visit exhibition at Gunnersbury Park Museum which showcases the work of Ealing and Hounslow people to being Sci-Fi to the big and small screen has been launched.
With plans to open in the autumn, ‘Set to Stun: A celebration of Sci-Fi film and television design’ aims to put the spotlight on creatives across Ealing and neighbouring Hounslow and their work from set designs and props through to costumes and special effects.
Among the many productions that have become Sci-Fi classics and which involve local talent are Doctor Who, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Red Dwarf.
The museum is working with Art Fund to launch a month-long crowdfunding campaign through online platform Art Happens to raise £15,000 to realise the exhibition.
According to Gunnersbury Park Museum, if it can can raise the funds, visitors will be able to get up close and personal to original daleks, cybermen and other popular Sci-Fi baddies.
The museum is also commissioning a specially made one-off set for visitors to explore, designed by Jeremy Bear, a veteran of the industry who created early Dr Who sets. Original props, monsters, interactive mirrors, community curated art, smoke machines and more can be expected – Sci-Fi fans, families, and new adventurers will all find something to appreciate in the many activities planned.
Professor James Knowles, Chair of Gunnersbury Museum and Park Development Trust said: “Please do help us celebrate west London’s unseen sci-fi heritage. A donation of any amount would be incredibly helpful: even £5 will help us rocket off! And to reward our donors’ generosity, we’ve assembled a huge range of exciting gifts. Pick from prints, postcards, totes, and even exclusive tours and explosive escape rooms. Plus, we also have a reading and Q&A with David Learner, aka Marvin the Paranoid Android of BBC’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to grab your galactic fancy.”
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