Photos of the Carnival in July 2016

For the 3rd year, the gallery organised a carnival with giant puppets, live music, poetry, art and bubbles. The weather wasn’t on our side this year on Saturday 23rd July. Below are photographs taken by Bernard Young and edited by Karen Cropper. To see them larger, click on one.

Celebrating the Meirionnydd Landscape

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An exhibition of paintings by Clyde Homes and Bernard Barnes inspired by the Meirionnydd landscape, and screenings of ‘Meirionnydd, a very special place’ by Greengage Films, will be open every day from 4th to 31st August, 11am to 4:30pm (except Mondays when the gallery is closed). The private view is on Saturday 6th August starting at 2pm.

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Open Day and Carnival

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Giant Puppet Dance – Calling for Puppeteers

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Fancy being a Puppet Master? We are experimenting with creating a Giant Puppet Dance Group, to perform, initially, at the Puppet Carnival on July 23rd. The aim is to create simple round dances that can be performed by these giants. Hard and hot work, but could be a lot of fun.

First meeting will be on Friday 15th July at 7.30pm in St John’s Hall Gallery, Barmouth

Just turn up if you’re interested.

Volunteers Wanted for Help on Carnival Day 23 July

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Are you available on Saturday 23rd July to participate in the carnival at the gallery and to parade through the streets of Barmouth? This is the 3rd year that the gallery has held a giant puppet parade and carnival. If you want to perform during the day or in the evening, any music, poetry, puppetry, dance, theatre or magic, anything creative, please get in touch to be part of the programme.  To get a flavour of what happened last year see pictures here and video below.

Pictures from Party for Re-opening of Gallery and Two Exhibitions

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It was wonderful to see so many friends old and new at the party on Friday (3rd June). Great music and chat in a wonderful environment. A few red dots on the pictures too. The exhibition of landscape photographs by Helen Iles is on until 30th June (read more) and the Fragments of Barmouth paintings by Bernard Barnes will be available to see until the end of September (read more).

Photos from Puppet Carnival on 19/20 September

Walk through town on the Saturday

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At the Gallery

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Sunday in the Square

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Photos courtesy of Bernard Young.

Barmouth Puppet Carnival This Weekend (19 & 20 September)

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This is just a quick post to say that the giant puppets that have been under construction for the past few weeks will be walking through the town on Saturday 19th Sept and Sunday 20th September from 2pm to 3pm. Catch them on the promenade.

If you want to be part of the parade call in the the Gallery from 11 am. Volunteers welcome to operate the puppets, no experience required. Roles for large and small.

There will be live music on Saturday evening from 7:30pm. Bring your own drink.

Carnival Postponed

The Gallery has decided to try an experiment this year, holding the carnival after the excesses of August. We may possibly get more support from people who are too busy in high season. Maybe we could have the procession on a Saturday at the end of September. This will give us more time to explore some of the interesting new ideas that are arising in our planning.

For example: We have been considering giving the carnival a theme – and incidentally give the Gallery another range of activity to explore. The theme of ‘The Talking Head’ based on the return of Bran (mentioned in the Mabinogion) has been hit upon.

We intend and have already started making 4 new large figures (each requiring 3 people to operate). We intend these figures to form up, at appropriate moments in a walk, or while in the gallery, to create a puppet theatre complete with drawing curtain, lights, back projection etc. This theatre could be used for string puppets or glove puppets.

There will also be a large puppet of the head of Bran which will preside over the event, making comment at appropriate moments in the day, like a narrator. The large puppets who form the body of the theatre would also make a contribution at intervals, rather in the manner of the chorus in Greek theatre. Thus there will be three tiers of comment possible in a singe performance. Anyone interested in contributing to this unusual theatrical set-up, please ring 07767862382.

Draft Programme for Giant Puppet Parade and Open Day

The arrangements for the open day and parade are still fluid and the date as been POSTPONED (more info here). Anyone who would like to take part on the day or help with preparations, please contact Bernard by calling in to the gallery or ringing on 07767 862382.

The draft timetable for the day is: Continue reading