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Exhibition. Stop! Frame! the Illusion of Life


Sun 10 Apr 2016, 1:00pm–4:00pm
Tue 12 Apr 2016, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 22 May 2016, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Mahara Gallery, 20 Mahara Place, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: info1389

Stop! Frame! The Illusion of life is an exhibition by the BAFTA award-winning stop motion filmmaker Alan Platt. This exploration of Alan’s life and works will be exhibited at Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, from 10 April until 22 May.

Alan, born in 1941, began making puppets as a boy growing up in Blenheim, where he developed his craft by poring over books in the local library. By the age of 15 he was winning prizes for his hard work and artistry. At the age of 21, with only a small amount of money in his pockets, he travelled to Germany to study puppet art. With the decline of puppet theatre throughout Europe, Alan shifted to London and picked up a three month contract working for the BBC. That contract became a permanent job and he became attached to the school TV music programme, so was on hand when the idea to animate music was raised. Alan put up his hand to give it a go. He produced short animation segments during the day and made puppet figures at night, often working over 100 hours a week. His work was popular with audiences and began to win awards for its appeal.