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Rituals and Revelry: Masks and Puppets from Around the World

Puppets have always had a mystery and a magic. Russell-Cotes’ new exhibition, Rituals and Revelry, captures that magic and makes it accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Puppets and masks are at the root of performing arts and are used in nearly all cultures throughout the world. Through the means of transformation and revelation they have a role in religion and ritual as well as in revelry and satire. From Spitting Image to bunraku puppets and from the Vendetta mask to Noh plays, this exhibition which comes from The Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, will surprise and delight all ages and include spectacular work from our own collections.

Masks, puppets and performing objects are one of the most ancient and popular forms of theatre. They can perhaps be best understood as a point of synthesis for all the arts, a unique combination of visual art, design, craft,dance, music, opera and drama. It is a vibrant living, breathing, subversive art form which plays a major role in modern theatre; and has developed unique applications into film, television and the media.. Read more…

Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre, Scotland’s primary venue, gallery, training centre and resource in this field has compiled a touring exhibition of masks and puppets. This exhibition chronicles the history of the world’s oldest theatrical tradition, and also displays its contemporary relevance.

The Exhibition has been touring to major museums and galleries in the UK and Ireland since 2000. “The most colourful and vibrant exhibition ever seen in Cork” (Stella Cherry, Curator, Cork Public Museum, 2005). It was also voted “best touring exhibition” by the people of Portsmouth in the Portsmouth News 2008 while showing at Portsmouth Musuem & Art Gallery.




Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Russell Cotes Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom


£6 per adult or senior, £4 per child or concession

Opening Times

OPEN: 10am to 5pm, Tuesday-Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.

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