Regular Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday by appointment for group bookings
*Please note that the CBU Art Gallery is temporarily closed to install an exciting new exhibition! We will re-open Friday, July 27 2018.*
Where do the ideas for puppets, plush and doll designs come from? How do designers, sculptors and puppeteers transform paper, wood, rubber, fabric and other assorted materials into the characters we connect with and love? stuff takes the gallery visitor on a fascinating journey through the complex and often unexpected art of the sculptor, puppeteer, plush designer and animator. From the random thoughts which sow the seeds of an idea, to the challenges of ‘soft engineering’ and character design, this exhibition will engage visitors with the fascinating process behind these multilayered forms of artistic expression. Gallery visitors of all ages will delight in the exceptional work of celebrated puppeteers, designers and animators, Jamie Shannon and Jonathan Royce, along with the art of the young, emerging artist, Callum Donovan-Grujicich.
Jamie Shannon has over 25 years of experience in the field as a Canadian actor, director, writer, producer, puppeteer and voice artist and is best known for his work on the Gemini Award-winning Canadian children’s television series, Nanalan. His most recent project is the short film, Rasputin, released in 2017.
Jonathan Royce is a veteran of the animation industry who has piled his craft in France, the U.S. and Canada since 1985, Jonathan is also a freelance illustrator and designer based in Hamilton, Ontario. His more recent foray into making plush figures and soft sculpture began as a hobby around 2010, during a hiatus from animation.
An emerging, young, remarkable artist with Canadian talent, who at the age of 13 has gained an international following with his unique and striking sculptures, Callum Donovan-Grujicich uses a combination of found objects and mixed media. He fashions small-scale figures which are both whimsical and imaginative.
The CBU Uniqorn Café is a Queer Friendly open mic night + café held at the Cape Breton University Art Gallery on the second Friday of every month. The café is a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community, including youth. Allies are welcome.
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Banner image credit: Skull Stories, Jordan Bennett (2012) from the ArtSci exhibition Winter 2017/18 (photo taken by: Greg Davies)