THE TOWNER is celebrating its current Tomoaki Suzuki exhibition with a string of events over the next couple of months offering visitors the chance to really interact with the incredibly life-like figurines on show at the gallery.
Visitors can already use beanbags and stools to physically get down onto the gallery floor and connect with Suzuki’s figurative sculptures at eye level but Towner is going one step further, with a Tomoaki Suzuki Weekend from February 19-20 offering a variety of events for all ages and levels of interest - including the chance for visitors to create figurines of their own.
The weekend will be crammed with demonstrations, Suzuki-inspired film screenings, and a special Family Day on the Sunday.
Taking Suzuki’s sculptures of real people with a distinctive street style as inspiration, families can enjoy a free drop-in event with the chance to make miniature self-portrait figurines in plasticine, or small puppets based on the characters in the exhibition.
Not only can visitors make their own figures at the Tomoaki Suzuki Family Day but they and their family can also work together to create a giant 2D figure in Towner’s special Heads, Bodies and Tails drawing game – which visitors can cut out, colour and take home.
Artist Jane Henderson will on hand throughout the day to help.
Visitors can also enjoy free film screenings throughout the weekend. The documentary Whispering Gaze will be shown at 11am, 1pm & 3pm on February 19, giving visitors the chance to watch sculptor Katsura Funakoshi, a major influence on Tomoaki Suzuki, as he breathes life into Camphor wood.
And on February 20, there will be two screenings of Spirited Away, Chihiro’s story of her family’s battle for freedom, which won the 2003 Oscar for Best Animated Film and is Japan’s most successful film of all time.
And coming up in March, Towner will be transformed into Club Tokyo, promising visitors another chance to experience a taste of Suzuki’s world.
Towner is teaming up once again with Melting Vinyl to stage a special Japanese themed club and multimedia arts night on March 5.
Club Tokyo at Towner will pay homage to contemporary culture, street style and Japanese art and music - including another installation in Towner’s giant lift.
You will be transported to the frantic streets of Tokyo - keep your eyes open to see who you can spot in the crowd, as the models may just come to life.
For tickets call 434670.