Legendary animator and filmmaker Norman McLaren is to have his life’s work and legacy celebrated through a packed programme of events, marking the 100 year anniversary of his birth.
McLaren 2014 will kick off in April with exhibitions, screenings, workshops and performances throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK.
The Centre for the Moving Image in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada are responsible for the list of events. McLaren’s fascinating life journey will be represented in Scottish towns and cities that shaped the famous filmmakers life before heading to England.
The first stop on this incredible calendar of events will be Stirling. The Smith Museum will host an exhibition detailing the childhood exploits of McLaren and the Macobert Art Centre will launch the McLaren Centenary Film Tour and celebrate the visionary creator’s love of dance.
We will then go to Glasgow in May, where McLaren spent his student years before his rise to fame. A presentation of screenings, talks, workshops and performances will take place at The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Film Theatre and CCA. The Glasgow School of Art will host a special presentation, accompanied live by the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. An outreach programme will see fun animation workshops taking place in schools around Scotland, with over 300 children’s animations already created!
In June, we will witness his art afresh in Edinburgh, the city where McLaren achieved international acclaim. A premiere event at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), where his films have been a feature since its inaugural edition in 1947, will take place. Edinburgh will also host an exhibition of his artwork at the Talbot Rice Gallery from late May to early July.
Part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 and the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, McLaren 2014 will run from 11 April, culminating at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with a variety of workshops across the city at Games Time.
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