Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, until August 28, Tuesday to Friday, 12-5pm and by appointment
This exhibition was commissioned by the Arts Centre as part of their Children’s Arts Festival 2010 and this is the third year running that artist Katie Blue has done a show for them, so it must be by popular demand!
This year’s theme is ‘Animals’, which suits Katie particularly well as she loves making crazy creatures from all sorts of recycled junk, and took this as an opportunity to “have some fun”.
Like her previous shows this one has some interactive elements, with structures to stroke and explore, a life-size baby elephant to paint and decorate, as well as quiz questions, puzzles and an animal hunt. There are also dozens of junk sculptures to to look at, plus a reading area with animal books and cuddly toys.
There are lots of jungle creatures like lions and tigers as well as some of Katie’s personal favourites like butterflies, insects and creepy crawlies.
Never one to run out of ideas, Katie says: “This show has given me loads of ideas for yet more sculptures — I could happily go on making animals for years.”
As an artist Katie is imaginative and extremely inventive and certainly thinks outside the box. To her a pair of broken chairs suggests an anteater, or a pile of ladies’ handbags is the basis of a small herd of antelope.
All sorts of junk, from toy soldiers to buttons and sunglasses can be re-invented as an animal or a bug, with many pieces inspired by issues surrounding animal conservation.
For more information tel: 028 9250 9509/ www.islandartscentre.com.