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PERFORMANCE: “The Baron’s Art School” with Grist to the Mill (6pm show)

Date(s) - 13/09/2013
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Green Room


Enter The Baron’s Art School where a drawing class is just beginning. Make your drawing and then let the performance take you on a journey through a sequence of realities heightened by art, imagination and madness.  Using puppetry, live painting, UV, animation and cutting edge digital video mapping and projection techniques, we will invoke Christina the Astonishing (Patron Saint of the Insane) who brings enlightenment to everyone and takes us safely back to the artists studio.



The Baron’s Art School is a unique collaboration between puppeteer Isobel Smith (Grist to the Mill) and artist performer The Baron Gilvan, aka Chris Gilvan-Cartwright. The project began with support from Little Angel Theatre’s Incubate program for professional puppeteers and has been performed at The Cabin, Brighton, Towner Museum of Art, Eastbourne and Jerwood Gallery, Hastings. The video mapping techniques used are in collaboration with Alex May using his “Painting with Light” software. The project is supported by Arts Council England.

If tickets are available you may also pay on the door but places are very limited.

Image © Kipperlock Photography

Costs: £7 – limited tickets available on the door, advanced booking (below) is recommended.

Separate performances at 6:00pm and 8:00pm, book on this page for the 6:00pm show or see here for the 8:00pm show.

Dates: 13th September 2013

Room: Green Room

Chris Gilvan-Cartwright aka The Baron Gilvan

Chris Gilvan-Cartwright aka The Baron Gilvan, painter, performer and illustrator. Studied at Central Saint Martins and Cracow Academy of Fine Arts.  He won the prestigious Royal Overseas league Travel scholarship to India and Nepal. On his return he was featured on BBC Radio 4 ‘Itchy Feet’ and asked to design the BBC Proms logo. He has had seven solo exhibitions in London and was included in the Jerwood Drawing Prize. More recently he designed the wallpaper for Channel 4′s Big Brother and exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

Isobel Smith

Isobel Smith, Artistic Director of Grist to the Mill, is a skilled puppeteer and artist.

Her latest show ‘Thinking it and Fainting’ was developed with Arts Council funding during her residency at Nuffield Theatre. It premiered at Little Angel’s Suspense festival 2013. Isobel was Director of Puppetry for Puppet Centre/Tete a Tete’s puppet opera: ‘Gala’ (Salvador Dali’s wife) at Riverside, London. “Grist to the Mill is one of the most exciting new companies emerging on the contemporary puppetry scene. The director Isobel Smith creates truly imaginative work from everyday objects which is skillfully delivered, drole, and amusing as well as deeply moving.” – Linda Lewis, Director, Puppet Centre Trust

Alex May

Alex May works with light emitting technologies, computer programming, mathematics, power tools, and physical objects as a canvas to create hybrid collisions of images and unexpected context.  Developing his own software to combine 17th Century scientific theories of perspective and projective geometry with the real-time possibilities of readily available technologies such as high power graphics cards, Arduino, and Microsoft’s Kinect. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow: Artist in Residence with the Adaptive Systems Research Group at The University of Hertfordshire. Alex has exhibited around the UK and Europe including the V&A, Science Museum, and Holland Park in London, and the Science Gallery in Dublin.


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Bookings are closed for this course.