Mackinnon & Saunders Exhibition comes to Cornwall

As part of our Get Animated scheme this year, Cornwall Film Festival is bringing the fantastic Mackinnon & Saunders: Origins Exhibition to Cornwall!

What is Mackinnon & Saunders: Origins?

Mackinnon & Saunders: Origins takes a behind the scenes look inside the workshops of the Altrincham-based puppet makers entrusted with bringing some of animation’s most beloved characters into being.

Since the early 1990s Ian Mackinnon & Peter Saunders hav created an incredible range of characters. The team have crafted puppets for many popular children’s TV shows including Bob the Builder, Postman Pat, The Twirlywoos and The Clangers and have collaborated with Tim Burton on Mars Attacks!, Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride and with Wes Andersonon Fantastic Mr. Fox.

In stop motion animation, art and engineering come together to create tangible worlds and characters. Creating practical, aesthetically pleasing puppets, props and costumes is a team effort – a complex process that incorporates aspects of design, manufacturing, manual dexterity, digital technology and traditional craft skills.

Featuring images from some of the studio’s most memorable projects and exploring the many-layered workshop processes that turn dreams into reality, this unique exhibition celebrates the extraordinary work of Mackinnon & Saunders – from children’s favourites and epic fantasies to spine-tingling horror and thrilling adventures!

Where we fit in

This year Cornwall Film Festival is all about Animation! We have launched our Get Animated scheme to get everyone from art enthusiasts to students interested in Animation through a series of screenings, talks and workshops. As part of this scheme we, along with Falmouth University’s school of film and television is going to be bringing the Mackinnon & Saunders: Origins Exhibition to Cornwall for the very first time. Originally curated by Jennifer Hall and Steve Henderson for the Manchester Animation Festival and produced by HOME Projects.

Falmouth Art Gallery

Situated in the centre of Cornwall’s artistic capital, Falmouth Art Gallery’s art collection is large and eclectic for a relatively small museum. The works are rotated regularly in our entrance and main galleries and we work to variety of themes. The staircase gallery is used for community displays. Groups such as Falcare, Age Concern, local schools and Falmouth University visit on a regular basis and create art in response to current exhibitions.

Falmouth Art Gallery boasts full disabled accessibility and is open Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm.

For extra details about this venue, follow this link to their Official Website.


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