‘Exciting and imaginative works’ coming to The Civic in new exhibition

A new exhibition, featuring international artists and an interactive piece by Yorkshire artist Fabric Lenny, is coming to The Civic in Barnsley this summer.

The Toy Box: From Pop to Present,  will feature toy-inspired art works from around the world, alongside workshops which will inspire children’s creativity.

The Toy Box explores the use and influence of toys in contemporary art and design, beginning with British Pop Art of the 1950s and 1960s whilst also looking at photorealism, print, fashion, conceptual sculpture, photography and artist designed ‘urban vinyl’ all using objects that are instantly fun and familiar.

On loan from Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a selection of prints from Eduardo Paolozzi’s General Dynamic F.U.N. and Moonstrips Empire News, two portfolios of prints produces in the 60/70s.

These vibrant images by the self-styled ‘wizard in Toytown’, contrasts with familiar faces of consumer advertising, high fashion with Hollywood of the 1960s.

Also included is Companion (Resting Place) by KAWS, the acclaimed American artist and designer who exhibited his monumental sculptures at YSP last year.

Barnsley artist, Paul Slater better known as Fabric Lenny, will also be exhibiting a giant robot made from cardboard, forming the centre of an interactive installation which will grow in size throughout the duration of The Toy Box.

In workshops in August children will help Fabric Lenny create an army of toy robot minions. The artist will inspire and guide children as they design and create their own robot, which will then be displayed in the gallery as part of the exhibition.

CEO of The Civic, Helen Ball says: “The Civic is honoured to be able to show these exciting and imaginative works by artists of such a high calibre, and we thank both Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Skateroom for both their kindness and partnership. We hope that the exhibition will help create a dialogue between generations and also spark some creativity amongst those visiting the exhibition.”

  • The Toy Box: From Pop to Present, opens at The Civic on 29 July and closes 23 September 2017. Admission is free.
  •  For more information visit or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.

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