Scene 1: The army sets out

An experiment in story telling with a ‘frame of puppets’.


Part of the development of the puppet theatre the gallery

This crude experiment is the first stage in the development of a scrolling background in the puppet theatre. It has established a traditional method to create illusion of movement while the figure remains stationary. It will form part of our introductory sequence to the opening of the talking head theatre.

Rob Gordon talks about the Pub Philosophy Movement

Groups are meeting in Machynlleth and Dolgellau to talk about philosophy. Why not here in Barmouth?

Rob Campbell has run philosophical discussion groups at various locations since 2000 and is currently facilitating a group at The Stag Inn, Dolgellau and at Cafe Glas, The Tabernacle, Machynlleth, as mentioned in the video. His website with contact details is here:

Miranda Duffy tells us about the amazing animations of Studio Ghibli

Bernard had a stimulating chat with Miranda when she visited the gallery recently. The earlier part of the conversation about Japanese Outsider Art is covered in a separate post. The conversation then moved on to similarities between Bernard’s mural, Captives of the Cosmic Web, and the animated films of Studio Ghibli. A snippet of the conversation is in the video clip below.

Here is a trailer for the Princess Mononoke movie she mentioned.

And another trailer in Japanese.

There is a full version of Spirited Away, also from the Studio Ghibli.

Miranda Duffy talks about her work as a ceramic sculptor in London

The sculpture that Miranda is referring to is by Shinichi Sawada and can be seen here. and below. This was exhibited in the Souzou Outsider Art from Japan exhibition at the Welcome Collection 28 March – 30 June 2013
Below is a short video showcasing some of the art from that exhibition.

The sculpture that inspired Miranda

Spikey monstor ceramic scupture
Shinichi Sawada‘s spiked ceramic works depict a world populated by fantastical sea-monsters and mythical demons.

If you are interested in learning more about outsider art the BBC Imagine series did a documentary called “Turning the Art World Inside Out”, which I think includes Shinichi Sawada.

Lawrence and Bernard mess around

A thank you to all the friends who celebrated the recovery of Bernard’s clarinet.


Penny Gibbons from Towyn talks about setting up her new studio

Retired teacher begins new life


Puppet Parade through Barmouth, Part 2

Part of the Puppet Carnival 19/20 September 2015 organised by St John’s Hall Gallery. Second stage of the parade on the Saturday.


Large Dragon Parades Around Talbot Square, Barmouth

Fabulous dragon puppet made by Sue, parading through the square on 20 September 2015 as part of the Puppet Carnival organised by St John’s Hall Gallery.


Puppet Parade through Barmouth, part 1

Part of the Puppet Carnival 19/20 September 2015 organised by St John’s Hall Gallery