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World-renowned artist to display work in Barnsley

Artist and designers from around the world invited to play at The Civic

The Civic presents The Toy Box: From Pop to Present, a new exhibition exploring the use of toys in contemporary art and design. Beginning with British Pop Art of the 1950s and 1960s and showcasing artworks from other playful art movements including Photorealism, Pop Surrealism and Conceptual Sculpture, the exhibition showcases a number of artists that have been inspired to use toys in their craft.

The Toy Box also looks at how toys have inspired designers in areas such as fashion, and at artists that have gone on to create their own collectable toys, known as ‘urban vinyl’.

The exhibition features artwork and products from around the world, including contributions from Eduardo Paolozzi, KAWS, Glennray Tutor, Jason Freeny, Ron English, Freya Jobbins, Sarah Graham, Joe Simpson and fashion designers Fyodor Golan. The Toy Box features paintings, prints, sculptures, fashion, photography and of course lots of toys, including works on loan from the UK’s leading open-air gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Skateroom.

The exhibition will also include a retro toy inspired giant robot installation by artist Fabric Lenny, which will grow throughout the exhibition as children participate in a series of special workshops named Robots! Robots!! Everywhere!!!

Chief Executive Helen Ball said, “a well-crafted toy can be a conduit for learning and for nurturing creativity. A toy can also inspire feeling of nostalgia or memories of a childhood. This exhibition aims to introduce people to the gallery exhibition for the first time, using objects that are instantly fun and familiar.”

Some artist use toys as an artistic medium and a way of developing their technical craft while others use toys to tell stories and share their ideas about politics and the world today.

Jason White, Assistant Curator explains, “We hope that the exhibition will help create a dialogue between generations and also spark some creativity amongst those visiting the exhibition. We are very lucky to have an exhibition that includes such a wide range of talent from the world of art and design.”

The Toy Box: From Pop to Present is sponsored by Designbytouch, a Warwickshire based toy independent toy and game design agency, who has worked alongside major industry companies such as Hasbro and Lego. The exhibition has also received additional support from Barnsley arts charity EnRich and UK online designer toy store Collect & Display.

The Toy Box: From Pop to Present opens at The Civic on 29 July and closed 23 September 2017. Admission is free.

For more information and to book visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.