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Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Dogsy Ma Bone With Liverpool Biennial

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Dogsy Ma Bone, 12 June 2016 at Cains Brewery, Liverpool. Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Mark McNulty © Liverpool Biennial.

Enter the ‘razzy’ world of Dogsy Ma Bone, a spectacular production and performance by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd made with and for children

Join us for daily film screenings of Dogsy Ma Bone, workshops and a one-off performance by the Dogsy cast. There will also be opportunities for schools and families to engage.

Children imagine the space between fiction and reality differently from adults, sometimes making no distinction between the two. For Liverpool Biennial 2016, Turner Prize-nominated artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd was commissioned to produce a major new work with and for children. Inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s satirical musical The Threepenny Opera 1928 and Betty Boop’s A Song A Day 1936, the artist worked with 34 children and 44 teenagers from across Liverpool to make Dogsy Ma Bone. The film uses the city of Liverpool as a backdrop to the action and is presented within a pop-up installation designed by the artist, surrounded by hand-made animal costumes and props.

  • Film Installation: Wednesday 21 June – Sunday 25 June, 12pm – 6pm
  • Live Performance: Saturday 24 June, 3pm – 3.30pm
  • Drop-In Family Workshop: Sunday 25 June, 2pm – 5pm

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Dogsy Ma Bone 2016 is commissioned by Liverpool Biennial in partnership with Metal. Supported by Sadie Coles HQ, The Granada Foundation, PH Holt Foundation, Hemby Trust and St Georges Hall Liverpool. Dogsy Ma Bone, 2016 at Tate Exchange is supported by PH Holt Foundation.

This event is programmed by Liverpool Biennial, a Tate Exchange Associate.

About Liverpool Biennial

Liverpool Biennial is the UK’s festival of contemporary visual art. It takes place every two years across the city in public spaces, unused buildings, galleries and online. The Biennial is underpinned by a programme of research, education, residencies and commissions. Founded in 1998, Liverpool Biennial has commissioned over 305 new artworks and presented work by over 444 artists from around the world.

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (b. 1973, London, UK) lives in Glasgow, UK. Chetwynd’s practice intertwines performance, sculpture, painting, installation and video. Her work incorporates elements of folk plays, street spectacles, popular culture and surrealist cinema. Her performances and videos often employ troupes of performers – friends and relatives of the artist – and feature handmade costumes and props. She has performed and exhibited internationally, and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2012.

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