Quentin Blake: As Large as Life
20 April – 14 July 2013
Blake is best known, both in the UK and internationally, as an illustrator of children’s books. However over the past ten years his pictures have increasingly escaped from the page of books. Blake has produced designs for fabrics, wallpaper, ceramics, lampshades and greeting cards but also, as large as life and sometimes even larger, works for the walls of museums and hospitals and other public spaces. As Large as Life features Blake’s illustrations for public spaces including: a children’s hospital, residential wards and bedrooms of elderly mental health patients, a hospital for eating disorder patients and, most recently, a series devoted to mothers and babies swimming together underwater for a new maternity unit in Angers, France. Blake addresses important social and healthcare issues with typical sensitivity, humour and deftness
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Ffoto Alternative Wales: Time
National Portrait Gallery: Made in 1988
22 July – 8 September 2013Two contrasting photographic displays on the theme of time and change to mark Bodelwyddan Castle’s 25th anniversary as a public museum.
Ffoto Alternative Wales is a collective of artist-photographers from north Wales who are passionate about discovering the creative possibilities of all types of photographic processes, often revisiting early photographic techniques, adapting cameras or inventing new ones to achieve their goals.
Made in 1988 celebrates 25 years of the National Portrait Gallery (London) partnership with Bodelwyddan Castle. The selected works provide a snapshot of people who were in the public eye and making headlines 25 years ago, in 1988.
Johnny White: Beastly Machines
21 September – 16 November 2013Johnny White is a sculptor based in Derbyshire whose quirky and ingenious artworks have enthralled audiences young and old for over 20 years. Beastly Machines combines the artist’s love of animals and interest in mythical creatures and each sculpture includes some element of audience participation or intervention. The results can be humorous, engaging and surprising.
White’s imaginative and inspiring sculptures are influences by current affairs, a play on words and comic artists, such as Gary Larson and Steve Bell. They are lovingly handmade in his workshop, often using found or salvaged junk.
Johnny White has been a practising artist for over 30 years and has specialised in kinetic sculpture since 1988. Initially through financial constraints, but now also for visual and ecological reasons, he likes to use recycled and scrap metal components to make his work. Pneumatics, mechanics and electronics are used to bring his sculptures to life.