12/Apr/2014 — 31/May/2014
For six weeks from 12 April until 31 May, Grundy Art Gallery is being taken over and transformed into a ‘puppet state’. Puppet Show examines how artists have explored the particular qualities of puppets, drawing out their capacity to function as impersonators, impostors and generally dubious characters; who at once criticise, debase, mock, undermine or protest – who say things or act in ways that humans often find inhibiting.
In Puppet Show, Grundy Art Gallery is brought to life, speaking what cannot be said through the mouthpiece of its transient puppet population.
Puppet Show was conceived at Eastside Projects in Birmingham in 2013 and is curated by artists Tom Bloor and Céline Condorelli. Its re-staging at the Grundy Art Gallery builds on a long association with puppetry both at the Grundy and in Blackpool. The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive public programme with performances, workshops and discussion – further details to follow soon.
Visitors and residents are warmly invited to our opening on 12 April 2-4 pm which features artist performances throughout.
Puppet Show features works by;
Edwina Ashton / Lisa Brice / Marvin Gaye Chetwynd / Céline Condorelli / Pierre Huyghe / Dan Graham with Japanther, Rodney Graham and Tony Oursler / Heather & Ivan Morison / Alexander Calder / Pier Paolo Pasolini / Simon Popper / Pedro Reyes / Simon Starling / Jiří Trnka.
Sat 26th April, 1-1.30pm/2-2.30pm/3-3.30pm
Puppetry performance/workshop for families with children aged 8+. An interactive puppet workshop with Strung Out Theatre inspired by Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors. Free but booking is essential. Part of the Fylde Shakespeare Festival.
Sat 3rd May, 10.30-12pm
See&Do club for 6-12 year olds. Puppet making workshop with artist Linzi Cason. Workshop is £3 and booking is essential.
Thurs 15th May, 6-7pm
Curator Tour Join Grundy Curator Richard Parry for a tour around the exhibition.
Free, please contact the gallery to book your place.
Tues 27th May, 1-2.30pm
Family workshop for families with children aged 3+. Puppet making workshop with artist Sean Payne. Workshop is free but booking is essential.
Tues 27th May, from 3pm
Puppet Showcase: Bring your puppet into gallery An invitation to residents of Blackpool and the Fylde to bring your puppets, meet other puppeteers and let the puppets take over. Free and open to all ages but please contact the gallery to book a place.
Sat 31st May, 10.30-12pm
See&Do club for 6-12 year olds. Shadow puppetry with artist Amy Goldup. Workshop is £3 and booking is essential.
Sat 31st May, 1-3pm
Adult workshop in puppetry with performer and internet sensation, Harry Clayton-Wright. There will be experimenting, creating and laughter. Free but booking is essential.