Creative and musical events celebrate the magical worlds of The Clangers, Bagpuss & Co

Article dated Wednesday Aug 15, 2018 at 02:29 PM

A series of creative and musical events are being held to celebrate an exhibition of the magical worlds of The Clangers, Bagpuss and other childhood characters at Bradford Council’s Cartwright Hall Art Gallery.

On Thursday 23 August between 1pm and 3pm there will be a ‘Creative Clangers: Art Workshop’ with artist Zareena Bano.

People are encouraged to dress up as their favourite character and have a go at making their very own Clanger with personalised outfit, Soup Dragon, Flying Froglet, pebble friend or rocket. The event is free but a donation of £1 per person would be welcomed.

On Wednesday 29 August there will be three events based on the music from Bagpuss with Sandra Kerr the creator of the evocative music and the voice of Madeleine the rag doll from the series.

From 11am to 12pm join in ‘The Making of the Music for Bagpuss’ event, where Sandra Kerr will give an illustrated talk about working with Oliver Postgate on the series and how they created the songs, music and characters. This event is suitable for adults and children aged 10 and up.

From 2pm to 3pm there will be ‘Bagpuss: An Afternoon Concert of the Music, Songs and Stories’ where Sandra Kerr will sing and play some of the best-loved music from the children's animation classic. People are encouraged to join in and will be provided with mouse masks so they can pretend to be mice on the Marvellous Mechanical Mouse Organ and “heave, heave, heave”. The event is suitable for accompanied children aged 0 to 10 years.

From 6pm to 8pm enjoy a singing workshop of songs from Bagpuss and beyond with Sandra Kerr. This event is suitable for ages 12+, beginners welcome!

Although these events are free, places are limited so must be booked on 01274 431212 or cartwright.hall@bradford.gov.uk

The events for this exhibition have been kindly funded by the Friends of Bradford Art Galleries and Museums.

On loan from the Museum of Childhood,  Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Clangers, Bagpuss & Co Exhibition, brings together characters from Smallfilms - Firmin and Postgate’s influential and much-loved production company, and includes films which haven’t been seen for decades.

Created by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, and filmed in a barn and an adapted pigsty in rural Kent, these characters brought new life to children’s television in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Oliver Postgate’s voice and Peter Firmin’s puppets and artwork are cornerstones of 20th century British culture and their quirky and inventive programmes shaped the childhood memories of millions.

As well as telling the story of Bagpuss and The Clangers the exhibition, which runs until 7 October, goes behind the scenes of some of their other creations including Pogles’ Wood, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine.

From Watch with Mother in the 1960s to 21st century CBeebies, Smallfilm’s endearing characters and captivating imaginary worlds have been staples of children’s television across the globe. The Clangers returned to the small screen in 2015 and have been embraced by a new generation of fans.

The new Clangers series has all the magical, surreal, gentle, melodic elements of the original show and transforms it into an even more vivid and vibrant production. The series airs Sunday to Thursday daily at 6pm on CBeebies.

The exhibition brings together the original puppets alongside archive footage, sets and storyboards, photos, scripts and filming equipment, all set in a playful recreation of Oliver and Peter’s film studio.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “Anyone who was a child in the 1960s, 70s or 80s will have such fond memories of these delightful characters.

“I hope people of all ages come along to these events, those reliving their childhood with their children and grandchildren as well as those with small children who watch the new series of the Clangers on TV."

For more information visit www.bradfordmuseums.org or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram @BradfordMuseums

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