‘Plastics for Gold’, an exhibition in the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) at the Arts University Bournemouth from the 24th May – 10th November 2012, has been awarded the Inspire Mark because it shares certain values of the Cultural Olympiad. It celebrates diversity and internationality through the global character of design; it helps MoDiP engage in greater depth with young audiences; and it will generate a positive legacy. It also shares some of the themes of the Cultural Olympiad by bringing together together culture and sport; challenging events that will encourage participation in the exhibition; and exploring sustainable use of materials within the design for the sports industry.

Plastics for Gold
Since the 1970s plastics have been the most used group of materials in the world yet they are seldom given a second thought. Their use in sport has contributed dramatically to sporting achievement and people’s participation in sport. They have improved the potential of sports equipment and helped to streamline athletes’ bodies. They have also led to sports equipment that requires less maintenance and is more affordable. This exhibition will look at how they have done this in relation to Olympic sports, while highlighting issues of sustainability and the multi-national character of sports equipment. The exhibition will enable you to test how observant you are through questionnaires and there will be Design and Technology challenge days for schools. If you would like more information please contact modip@aub.ac.uk

The exhibition will be available for other museums to borrow and will have a permanent, positive and widely accessible legacy as an online exhibition on the MoDiP website.