Forkbeard Fantasy

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Mechanical Flowers and Animation Films
About the Event
MECHANICAL FLOWERS, an installation by Chris Britton "Mad" says visitor to National Trust property, Greenway House. Recent Animation Shorts by Tim Britton ".....gawp as he broadens your brain and excercises your grin all at the same time." Terry Gilliam
Event Type
Installation/Conceptual, Mixed Media, Painting/Drawing/Illustration, Photography/Film/New Media, Poetry/Fiction
01398 361418
07512 823586
Opening Times
Sat 9thSun 10thMon 11thTue 12thWed 13thThu 14thFri 15thSat 16thSun 17th
10:00 - 17:3010:00 - 17:30Closed10:00 - 17:3010:00 - 17:3010:00 - 17:3010:00 - 17:3010:00 - 17:3010:00 - 17:30
Further Information

Forkbeard Fantasy

Forkbeard has been evolving for over 40 years. Originally started in 1974 as an experimental performance art group, it has developed into what is now a thriving multi media arts company, producing and presenting it's highly individual brand of comic surrealism across the UK and abroad without stop. Much of the company’s development has been based around touring theatre shows but this is just one element of a diverse field of work

Forkbeard have a broad range of skills in street & stage theatre, writing, poetry, animation, film-making, mechanical installations & interactive sculptures. Everything we do carries the common themes of innovation, humour and invention, and all with a unique Forkbeardian twist. The Forkbeard trademark mix of film, animation, cartoon and live performance has set them apart as pioneers of a new wave of multi-media work since the 1970's.If you would like to find out more about the company go to our website at

Still true to its avant-garde origins, present work (be it stage show, mechanical museum exhibit, film or sculpture) continues to champion magic, entertainment and fun.

The Mechanical Flowers

by Chris Britton

These were commissioned by The National Trust to celebrate the arrival of Spring. They were 'planted' on The Clock Golf Lawn at Greenway House, Agatha Christie's holiday home, near Paignton.

I designed and built them with the help of Steve Swan, a creative engineer and inventor. The flowers are named after murderesses. The clocks have stopped at the time of the murder.

The simple engineering is based on early experiments with submerging a lemonade bottle in a bucket of water and working out a way of controlling its rise to the surface. One has to remember the rough treatment an outdoor interactive mechanism is going to get from both the public and the elements so I've made them clunky and robust. The sepals, which open up as the flower emerges, are made of off-cuts from my oak flooring. They had to be skeletal (not too elaborate) otherwise the wind would buffet them about. I think they give the mechanism an architectural look, rather like the ceiling in an old church. It's interesting the way so many human mechanisms and designs are inspired by Nature.

Thank you to Rosie Boylan, who kindly agreed to display them in her garden.

Tim Britton's Animations Films

These 5 minute tales tackle a wide range of difficult and sometimes controversial subjects in a humorous cartoon format. Over the last 5 years Tim has turned his hand to topics as diverse as: "Vega" about how the eider duck and community live together on this Norwegian World Heritage site; "Capability Brown" commissioned by The National Trust for their 300th anniversary celebrations of the famous landscape gardener; "Valmer" for French 'Agence des aires marines proteges' about the importance of marine ecosystems in The Channel; "The Drip, A Watery Tale" about Rivers, from Source to Sea, illustrating the cycle of water and the need for awareness about what we put into our water-courses.

Venue Information

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Myrtle Cottage
13 High Street
For Venue Information
01984 629180
Disabled Access
Limited Disabled Access (Cobbled alleyway and footpath.)
Toilets Available
Dogs Allowed
Tea and coffee.
Directions (By Car)
Off the B3227 at the traffic lights, turn up into the High Street and beside Wilkie, May Tuckwood Estate Agents, walk into and up a little cobbled alleyway and the house is at the end through a gate.
Croft Way or North Street car parks.
Further Info
Exhibition in private home.

Events At This Venue

Event Type Event Title Disciplines Dates (see event page for full info)
Exhibition Forkbeard Fantasy Installation/Conceptual, Mixed Media, Painting/Drawing/Illustration, Photography/Film/New Media, Poetry/Fiction 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th
Exhibition Louise Waugh Painting/Drawing/Illustration, Printmaking 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th