10th March – 20th April 2016

(Easter open week: 30 March – 9 April 2016 – exhibition closed over Easter weekend)


Monday – Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday & Saturday: 9am to 4pm
Closed Sundays

Closed Friday 25th March – Wednesday 30th March 

This Easter, TheGallery at AUB will be playing host to a seven-foot tall white rabbit, a teenage Brontosaurus skeleton and a ‘life-size’ animated unicorn as part of a free hands-on exhibition, designed to delight the whole family.

The weird and wonderful exhibition ‘Forkbeard’s Fantasy Theatre of Animation’ is a collaboration between AUB and ground-breaking British theatre company, Forkbeard Fantasy, celebrating over 40 years of their pioneering multi-media work.

The exhibition allows visitors to get up close and personal with amazing puppets, interact with creative installations, and to enjoy the surreal humour of this exceptional group of artists.

Associate Professor Sean Aita, curator of the exhibition, said: “We hope this new exhibition will attract a younger, family audience to TheGallery. It offers a real taste of the Forkbeard Fantasy studios in Devon, which are a temple to creativity and stuffed to bursting point with costumes, scenery, film equipment and mechanical automata.”

Founded in 1974 by brothers, Tim, Simon and Chris Britton, Forkbeard Fantasy is one of the longest surviving and innovative independent theatre companies in Britain. The company is renowned for its pioneering use of interactive film, animation, sets and props, creating performances that regularly break out of the confines of the stage.

The title of the exhibition acknowledges the central role that drawing and animation has had in the formation of Forkbeard Fantasy’s productions. The scenarios for their plays are often storyboarded, and short animated films have been used in their live performances since the earliest days of the company.

We recommend that visitors to the campus use the excellent public transport links identified in a downloadable bus map here.

You can read more about the Forkbeard Fantasy exhibition here.