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Show puts art in new light; EXHIBITION: Collection of holograms will represent exciting homecoming to county.

Byline: By Cara Simpson

STUNNING holograms will come home to Warwickshire next month for a free exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of the art.

An international collection of holograms will be on display at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum in Rugby - the home of the hologram - as part of a national tour.

It will be the first major UK show of holograms for more than 20 years.

The first hologram was invented by scientist Dennis Gabor in Rugby in 1947. He was working for the British-Thomson-Houston Company at the time and came up with holography by accident while working to improve the electron microscope.

The exhibition, entitled Holograms: the first 60 years, traces the art form's early beginnings to present-day uses.

The event hopes to introduce holograms to a new generation and recreate excitement for those who remember their popular emergence in the 70s and 80s, after the invention of lasers allowed Gabor's theory to be put into practice.

It has been devised by art collector Jonathan Ross in association with curators from Banbury Museum and the Oxfordshire Museum.

Exhibits are mainly drawn from Britain's leading collection of holographic art, the Jonathan Ross Collection, along with work from other hologram makers and international holographic artists.

Also on show will be examples of the latest full-colour and animated holograms and items illustrating how holograms have been used in consumer items such as credit cards, cosmetics, CDs, mobile phones and clothes.

The exhibition looks back over developments in holograms over the last 60 years, including examples of other 3-D viewing techniques past and present.

Councillor Neil Campbell, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for culture, said: "It is very fitting that this thrilling exhibition should come to Rugby, the home of the hologram.

"It will be fascinating to see this unusual and powerful display in Rugby and we are proud to be hosting a collection of such international importance."

Visitors will be able to find out how holograms are made using lasers, through a short film.

There will also be the chance to book a place on a Hologram Workshop on Friday, August 8, when visitors can make a simple hologram under the tuition of holographer Pearl John.

The exhibition runs from Thursday, August 7 to Sunday, August 31 in the Floor One Gallery and Museum at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Little Elborow Street, Rugby.

Admission is free.

For more information, call Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on 01788 533 201, or e-mail

To find out more about the Hologram Workshop or book a place, phone the booking hotline on 01788 533777.


INTRIGUING IMAGES... One of the eye-catching holograms (above) which owes its creation to an invention in Rugby by Dennis Gabor (left) who died in 1979.; SHIMMER... One of the holograms in the exhibition.
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Date:Jul 28, 2008
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