The Forum unveiled its Dragons at The Forum experience on Monday 22 June and visitors are in for a surprise while enjoying the GoGoDragons! trail this summer.

The Gallery (formerly Fusion) has been transformed into a unique dragon-themed experience featuring a dragon hatchery, projections, animations, lighting and sound. This takes place around the star of the show, Tuppence, The Forum’s GoGo dragon, who has arrived and taken residence amongst the city’s rooftops within the Gallery.

Visitors can also enjoy dragon exhibits and displays, films and digital content to view as well as five other large GoGoDragons in residence in The Forum and outside the building on Millennium Plain. From Saturday 4 July, The Forum will also become home to 26 of the Schools’ baby dragons to further enhance the experience.

Dragons at The Forum is open seven days a week, 10am-6pm, until Saturday 5 September. Entry to the Gallery is free.

Gallery visitors are guided on a journey though the dragon hatchery to see Tuppence, sitting against a changing day to night sky amongst the Norwich skyline with its historic and modern mix of buildings providing the backdrop. There is an opportunity for photographs with Tuppence and visitors can tweet their photographs from their GoGoDragons! adventures to view on The Forum’s twitter wall.

Tim Bishop, Chief Executive of The Forum said: “The city is alive with dragons and The Forum is delighted to be a part of what’s on offer for visitors this summer. The Forum team and artists have been busy preparing for Dragons at The Forum and it is fantastic to unveil this unique space showcasing dragons, art, creativity and technology. We hope it really enhances the experience for all visitors to The Forum and those on the GoGoDragons! trail.”

The Forum commissioned local artists Doo Spalding and Ali Atkins to design and create the dragon themed installation within the Gallery.  Doo and Ali said: “It has been very exciting to work with The Forum team to create a narrative around the dragons and develop a story book theme with Norwich at its heart. This style of installation is a first for The Forum and a fantastic opportunity to tell a story that is enhanced by amazing lighting, special effects and technology to create a very special dragon-themed experience.”

Alix Carter, who is an A level student at Norwich School was the artist selected to design The Forum’s dragon, Tuppence. Alix created Tuppence using hundreds of two pence pieces, the coins look like scales and the effect of them turning green over time will add to the scale-like appearance of a dragon. Alix said: “When my dragon design was selected I was so excited. This is my first big art project outside of school and I feel lucky to have had my design chosen. It’s a big thing to have a piece of your art in view of the general public and especially at The Forum.”

GoGoDragons! Norwich 2015 is a Wild in Art event brought to Norwich by Break. The Forum is the Education partner for the GoGoDragons! Schools’ Project 2015 working with Break, Norwich HEART and the Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge. The Schools’ Project is sponsored by Pensthorpe Natural Park. These partners have worked with 100 local schools and community groups who have decorated 120 baby schools’ dragons as part of the cross curricular GoGoDragons! Schools’ Project. The baby dragons arrive in Norwich on Saturday 4 July, with 26 going on display at The Forum and others going to Chapelfield, Castle Mall, Norwich Lanes and other independent retailers and businesses.

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