We’re calling all storymakers—big and small—to discover the secrets, ideas, and memories in the current art exhibition, and to tell your own tales through mask-making, puppetry, and more! The Surrey Art Gallery invites you and your family to get creative at the Gallery’s Family Sunday on March 13 from 12−4pm with hands-on art-making activities and a live animation performance inspired by the exhibition Secret Citadel. The event is free.
The current exhibition Graeme Patterson: Secret Citadel features an enormous fabric-covered mountain, life-sized bleachers, twin bunk beds, a player piano, and intriguing stop-motion animations! Begin by creating your own art explorer’s journal that can be transformed into a miniature fort! Record your discoveries as you walk through the fascinating narrative exhibition that is as rich and detailed as the miniature scenes contained within each sculpture.
You can then disguise yourself by creating a mask representing your unique animal alter ego. Inspired by the captivating characters featured in the exhibition’s stop-motion animations, sculpt your own puppet with movable limbs. Professional puppeteers will then help you to bring your puppet to life within a miniature 3D scene that you can decorate. At 2pm, join artist Robert Leveroos for an incredible visual journey as he uses handmade materials to create animated scenes and stories right before your eyes. Free tickets on site; seating is limited.
In Secret Citadel, New Brunswick-based artist Graeme Patterson tells a story of friendship through four large-scale sculptural installations complemented by stop-motion animation. An anthropomorphised bison and cougar represent two boys in this visual coming-of-age tale, telling a story of friendship through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.
Although based on specific memories of the artist’s past, Secret Citadel draws you into its captivating worlds by highlighting universal themes of love and loss, play and competition, companionship and loneliness.
Co-curated by Melissa Bennett and Sarah Fillmore, Secret Citadel is on tour from the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Surrey Art Gallery is the only contemporary art museum presenting this national touring exhibition in British Columbia.