November 24th, 2015
This weekend saw the second instalment of The Prosthetics Event commence, which returned to Birmingham with great aplomb. There was something for everyone; exhibitors including bloodymarvellous, Kryolan, Mouldlife, PAM and Neill’s Materials were sharing ideas and providing quality prosthetics supplies; bodypainters drew crowds with their eclectic designs; the Monster Mash provided inspiration, and nearby you could pick up new techniques at the Prosthetics Jam; down the hall was the Portfolio Clinic, with professional artists offering critique to the lucky selected artists; and to top it off there was a top draw of names who took to the main stage.
The day kicked off with two times Oscar-nominee Veronica McAleer and Neill Gorton demo-ing a gender transformation look, before Andrew Sinclair – a figurative, portrait and surrealist sculpture artist – spoke about the power and importance of sculpture in concept design.
The lecture theatre was completely packed for the next two hours, while Neill Gorton and Stuart Bray (assisted by Valentina Visintin and Danny Marie Elias) recreated Laurel and Hardy live on stage. As if that wasn’t enough of an exhibition in itself, they were in conversation with some fantastic artists: Chris Lyons of Fangs FX, wig maestro Andrew Whiteoak and special guest Mark Coulier, who talked through some of his career’s award-winning designs.
Don Lanning was next, a joy to watch as he bounced around the lecture hall, revealing some of the secrets from behind the scenes of more than 70 big-budget Hollywood films. His Q&A session was both insightful and inspiring, as he also shared his great love of sculpting maquettes and creature designs. After a short break the Headline Artist, Jordu Schell, joined Neill on stage to discuss designing creatures, his love of sculpting and creating, as well as working and collaborating for film and TV. The packed audience were hanging on to his every word, as they had at his Jam session.
Finally, the bodypainters – led by team captain Mona Turnbull – showcased their day’s work in a fantastic catwalk on the main stage. Each artist had created something entirely unique, with a variety of colours and styles to take in. Catriona Finlayson and Jennie Roberts continued their Death of Disney series, and elsewhere we saw a bloodied Stormtrooper, a mythical sea creature, forest sprite and a solemn sugar skull.
We really enjoyed the addition of the smaller education zone, The Prosthetics Jam. Almost like an open mic night, various artists demonstrated useful techniques and shared experience, including a cleft lip appliance and the stages to creating a fully-suited gorilla character – complete with giant shaggy costume.
To see all of the official photos and find out more about the event, click here.