Homeless in the Puppetised City
Original Artwork and Prints available here
logo A major new exhibition of Puppetised works by Nottingham based
PuppetTVGraffiti Artist Marcus Clarke

Homeless in the Puppetised
                      City Exhibition by Marcus Clarke

Homeles in the Puppetised City Exhibition
                        VenueHomeless in the Puppetised City was a major new Art Exhibition held in the City of Nottingham over Easter 2014.
11th,12th,13th April 11am to 4pm at The Corner, 8 Stoney Street, NG1 1LH Nottingham.
Free bookable family friendly workshops took place every day most on a drop in basis.
There was also a Homeless in the Puppetised City Facebook event page.

The Little StinkweedThe Exhibition featured twelve new large canvas based Puppetised works of Nottingham City Buildings that were stared at by a lonely homeless Puppet child in an instillation that included video composite playouts from four screens. Two in the Venue and two in the window and visible from the street.
Some of the Puppetised works had featured in Nottingham Arts Magazine Left Lion in the run up to the Exhibition and a Catalogue is available as a free eBook download for iPad here

The Little Stinkweed Puppet character however was unveiled on the first day of the exhibition and remained in situ throughout.
Friday 11th April 2014 the Exhibition opening goes well.

Saturday 12th April 2014 - Exhibition goes well.

                      Little Stinkweed
Sunday 13th April 2014 - Exhibition goes even better.
                      Burrows at HPCAE
Nottingham Castle
Britania Hotel Notttingham
Video of the making of Castle
Video of the making of Forte or Britannia Hotel
Nottingham Castle
As a kid I visited The Castle quite often. It was free and first featured in our places to go in the middle of our Saturday Kids routine that began; Bus up Arkwright Street to go to the ABC Cinema’s Saturday morning matinee, then go to the Castle, then walk back down Arkwright Street home for tea having usually spent bus fare on ice-cream. The Castle then wasn't very child friendly or welcoming having, most uninterestingly, a collection of glass walking sticks filling one entire room. There was of a lot of military stuff, a scary black death mask I think and of course the 'lucky wish' pond by the entrance that some kids would try to pull their bus fare home out of. But the Castle was somewhere to run around and make up stories about Robin Hood. Someone we knew then as either Errol Flynn or Richard Green and later as that cheeky charmer of a Cartoon Fox.
Forte Britannia Hotel.
I first visited this hotel in the early 1970s with a school friend who was looking for his dad, a Nottingham entertainment empire owner who was supposedly having a business meeting there. We were quickly thrown out by the hotel staff. The hotel was then called the Forte and seemed the height of poshness. A similar hotel had just featured as a business style meeting place in the film, The Italian Job. There was always to me
something of the Camp Freddie about it. A few years later aged 15 I got a Saturday job here as a commis waiter in the restaurant. We had
regulars that you got to know and the kitchen staff were an education, characterful waiters but, especially the chefs who's temperaments seemed to change with the heat and could be quite explosive. A former homeless man, I had seen previously sleeping rough, headed up the dish washing. He loved the job and marveled and always commented on the cleanliness of his hands. It was a great place for me to work and I loved it though my Mum, who worked there several years later as a waitress, had a bit of a falling out over her throwing out of what she considered, past their best deserts. A habit she says she picked up in Canada.
Nottingham General Hospital
Video of the making of General Hospital
Video of the making of Rock City
Nottingham General Hospital
I nearly died in this Hospital. Some did, mostly at night. Whatever the medicine was that I was on I spent most of my time there hallucinating. No matter how poorly I really was. I thought I was Superman. I did not even need the Loo.
I was above all that. I had a rude awakening upon my discharge.
Rock City
I never went here as young person as I didn't like loud Music. It disoriented me. Nor Nightclubs, nor went to see Bands for pleasure. When I became a sound man and worked with Bands most of the complaints I had was that it were too quiet.

Video of the making of NTU
Video of the making of Yates's
NTU Newton Building
I applied to an arts foundation course at Trent Poly now NTU in the 70's. They wouldn't have me as I had no GCSE's. "Art is an academic subject you see". Although I could do art and draw I didn't understand it they said. What I was doing. What they meant was that I didn't read and write about it. So I did a really useful year at
Mansfield College of Art instead. I'm grateful to Trent Poly now NTU for turning me down all those years ago as I don't think I would have had the career I have, had they taught me to understand art and analyse what I was doing. Now they just have me back as an occasional
lecturer instead.
Yates's Wine Lodge
When I first started going to Yates's Wine Lodge in the 1970s it was a longstanding institution that hadn't changed much since the Great War.
Downstairs was mostly standing with a lively, diverse and Gay crowd with a fair assortment of eccentrics. Upstairs there were long bench seating in the Railway Car style and you could often find yourself seating quite snugly next to complete strangers, which could be a mixed blessing.
The entertainment again hadn't changed much
purportedly since the Great War and comprised a trio of
Musicians, Piano, Violin and Cello I think.
Upstairs was a favourite of Artists including Painters and
Poets. I always felt comfortable there. Nursed.
Broadway Nottingham Puppetised
Theatre Royal
                      Nottingham Puppetised

Video of the making of Broadway
Video of the making of  The Theatre Royal
Broadway Cinema. Digital Comedy Tragedy.
I have never happily interfaced with Broadway. As a family man the Films I go to see at the Cinema are at the behest of my two boys and they like 3D and iMax though I did see Warhorse here with my eldest Son which suited their small intimate Screen. I wanted a Picture of Broadway that didn't have Cafe written prominently across it but that was still recognisably Nottingham's Broadway Cinema. As I looked around and up I noticed the Broadway buildings' sign reflected in the glass and the duality of the two with the one being in reverse reminded me of The Screen Actors Guild logo which has two faces in the comedy and tragedy style.  I have several examples having been a member of this trade union, something that most of the actors that appear in the Films shown here will also be. Broadway also has the Mayhem Horror Film Festival so it made sense to contrast a brightly, seemingly screen lit smiley Comedy face at the bottom, with a Horror style Zombie face splitting the pictures fabric and with force and so appearing through and parting the Broadway Buildings sign in Horror Movie style.
Theatre Royal Nottingham The Scape Goat.
Mother Goose starring John Inman in 1978 at the
Nottingham Theatre Royal had me operating the Follow Spot. It was a fantastic job because you got to see the same Show over and over again and learned every nuance of it from both a performance and technical point of view. From watching it I learnt how the lighting was rigged and the lighting changes used to alter the mood, to serve and progress the Show. The same with the Sound and the
Music. How the scenery and scene changes added to it all and how the consummate professional that was John
Inman, dealt with telling the story and interacting with the rest of the cast and the audience. If you really watched it you could learn a lot, I did. There are a lot of resonances
between The Scapegoat (1854–56) a painting by William
Holman Hunt and my views of this image, the Theatre,
faith and truth. Hence, the homage or parody.

Malt Cross Puppetised
Video of the making of Eon
Video of the making of The Malt Cross
E-on's HQ
So successful is this new e-on building that I can't remember what was there before it.
Malt Cross Music Hall
In the 1970s a friend of mine's Dad ran an American style Diner in this building and I remember him telling me that his dad had removed some false walls and found what looked like an old Theatre underneath. A  preserved Music Hall. When I started Puppetising this image the ideas grew, encompassing some brash American imagery, with flags and a big Burger stuffed in the door and another face over the door with the two faces comprising a bizarre double act, but when I got this far in the works completion, I thought it just worked as it was there and then. Stopped and so here it is.
Nottingham Playhouse
Nottingham Masonic Hall
Video of the making of here The Playhouse
Video of the making of Masonic Hall
Nottingham Playhouse
I had my first Showbiz job at the Nottingham Playhouse, when I was 16 years old. I walked along the lighting bridge changing the gels during the interval of the Government Inspector. Then, I went home as you weren’t allowed to work past 9:00pm. Not until you were 18 years old anyway. I loved the place and would have lived there if I could.
When my children were very young I used to take them to the Nottingham Playhouse to see the kid’s shows, they would always ask me what the “big mirror” outside was for? I told them that there was a very large Gorilla who played all the big Primate parts, like King Kong, but he couldn’t get into the dressing rooms. So the Playhouse had put this large mirror and sink out here for him to do his make-up. He was a very temperamental Gorilla though and didn’t like anyone watching him getting ready, so if he comes along we’ll all have to leave. But I think we’re alright now as I can’t hear anything. He has a robot band you see that are always here to greet him and play soft soothing, calming music before a show. Let’s go inside.

Masonic Hall
I was on the pavement walking past this building,
heading North when a blue Rolls Royce abruptly turned in front of me to cross the pavement and go into the Car Park behind, it stopped me in my tracks. As the Car waited for the Car Park entry barrier to lift I looked into it. It was full of smoke and I could only just make out a man smoking a large Cuban style Cigar in the drivers seat. I never got the whole Big Shot, Big Cuban Cigar thing. When I thought about it though, Freemasonry and that famous Cuban Cigar smoking icon Che Guevara have much in common, their shared Irish heritage for example.

The Little Stinkweed

The Little Stinkweed Puppet has been kicked out of the Puppet Garden and is wondering the Puppetised City looking for a home.
See his creation video by clicking him or here
About the Artist Marcus Clarke
Marcus Clarke is a local Nottingham artist who lives in Sherwood. He grew up in West Bridgford Nottinghamshire and went to Mansfield College of Art now West Nottinghamshire College. He began a Show business career working backstage at the Nottingham Playhouse, eventually working in West End Theatre stage management before beginning a career in Puppetry through the Musical, The Little Shop of Horrors, Show and Film. After working for and receiving some training from Jim Henson's he set up Hands up Puppets in the Lace Market area of Nottingham in 1989, it’s then purpose being to create Puppets for Television. Since then HuP have created over 70 Puppets for Television and Marcus has worked on over 70 TV series as a Puppeteer as well as for Films and Adverts. He is currently Bookaboo in the multi award winning Kids TV Series Bookaboo, which has resulted in over 50,000 children’s picture books being donated to children who need them most, and recently one of HuP's Puppets appeared on Ireland's National Postage Stamp.
Marcus returned to his artwork in 2008 founding PuppetTVGraffiti, an art movement dedicated to Puppetisation, the imbuing of objects and images with some of the qualities of a Puppet, partly inspired by Jim Henson's early work.
NBC Pipes
Having worked as a creative practitioner, developing and delivering creative workshops in Schools, Marcus recently gained teaching qualifications to lecture more regularly in Further and Higher Education.
Marcus is descended from a 17C Sheriff of Nottingham and is also Canadian.
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