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Exhibition features work from creator of Ivor the Engine and the Clangers
Bagpus creator Peter Firmin and his trio of artist daughters are staging a two-month exhibition of their work in Whitstable.
Firmin, 83, is the genius behind Ivor the Engine and the Clangers. He is currently away sailing on tall ships, but will be back in Kent soon.
Firmin and his collaborator Oliver Postgate founded of Smallfilms - with Postgate writing and narrating and Firmin designing, building puppets and animating, at a farmhouse in Blean near Canterbury which is still the Firmin family home.
Daughter Emily, who appeared in the opening sequence of Bagpuss, said: “We are all artists and this is what we do.”
The show is called Off the Wall because people can go along to the Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre in Whitstable and buy the works straight off the wall.
It is billed as a unique and fantastic opportunity to see the artwork of cherished TV artist and print maker Peter Firmin and his family.
Emily Firmin and her partner Justin Mitchell are showing their acclaimed papier-mâché artworks.
And there is also work from the other daughters Hannah - known for her book jacket illustrations for Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Charlotte and Josie Firmin.
Emily said: “I create work with my partner Justin. We make art, and of course art is to be seen.
“It is nice to have an exhibition in a local gallery. Whitstable is great because we live here. Charlotte is Faversham and Josie has a shop in Canterbury and London. We all grew up in Blean.
The show at the Horsebridge, runs until the end of August. The gallery is open 9am-6pm daily, and 10am-6pm on Sunday.
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