At NorthernLight we very much wanted the exhibition to reflect the feeling of the Bristol Aardman studio, a messy labyrinth full of joy and craftsmanship; overwhelming, full of life, unexpected scenes around every corner, including secret hide-outs where you can master your own animation skills or step into a life size stage set. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the insight it gives into the animators’ process, making around 50 images a day. That equates to about 2 seconds of animation per day! “We hope it stimulates the creativity, which comes very natural to a child, but tends to get lost as we age”, says NorthernLight creative director Steven Schaeken. The handmade puppets are accompanied by everything from early character sketches, original wonderfull scribbles, miniature stage-sets to more spectacular work like the 5m tall pirate ship from the 2012 feature film, The Pirates! Band of Misfits.
Special attention has gone into COVID proofing the exhibition, in lay out, design of interactives and practical details. We would like to thank the Forum Groningen to have invited us for this adventure in these challenging times. We would like to thank Brandwacht and Meijer to make our designs come to live, Jasha and his team to take care of all the minutious work of text labeling and wall graphics, Lichtpunt for the lighting design and of course museum Art Ludique and Aardman Studios for providing the magic.