Knocking about at home this week I’ve been hearing more ads for Butler Gallery’s WolfWalkers exhibition.
It’s been running for a while now but fingers crossed it lingers long enough to see past the current Covid-19 restrictions on galleries and museums so I can check it out in person.
While you can’t physically be there now, you can view the exhibition online.
And, as a bonus, there’s a whole series of online talks scheduled between January and March.
WolfWalkers Online Lunchtime Talk Series
In a typical year, exhibitions at Butler Gallery are accompanied by a series of ‘meet the artist’ talks and events that take place over lunchtimes in the gallery.
For WolfWalkers, these will take place online for the timebeing with the first talk due to be held next week. Online registration is free and if you can’t join the talk at the time, it will make its way to the Butler Gallery YouTube channel afterwards.
January 20, 1-2 pm: WolfWalkers – Storytelling into Film
Irish storytelling is at the heart of WolfWalkers. This talk explores the influence of Irish stories, and how scripts are developed from initial ideas into fantastical visuals. A unique opportunity to meet Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart, Creative Directors of the film.
January 27, 1-2 pm:: A Director’s Perspective
Assistant Director of WolfWalkers Mark Mullery gives fascinating insights into the making of the film and talks about his role in the weaving of multiple creative strands into a final product for the big screen.
February 3, 1-2 pm: The Producers Perspective
Producers Paul Young and Katja Schumann outline what it takes to get a film like WolfWalkers from the ideas stage to development to final green light. An industry insight into how producers support a film’s creation and completion.
February 10, 1-2 pm: Meet the WolfWalkers Characters
Every film needs heroes and villains. Character Designer Sandra Andersen and Animation Supervisor Svend Rothmann Bonde discuss character development and how personalities are brought to life from initial concept designs to finished animation.
February 17, 1-2 pm: Researching the world of the WolfWalkers
What might Kilkenny in the 1640s look and feel like? How does the landscape design help to tell the film’s story? Join Maria Pareja to hear about the research undertaken that developed the film’s art direction.
February 24, 1-2 pm: Bringing it all Together
Animation, storyboarding, backgrounds, characters – how does it all come together? Layout artist on WolfWalkers, Grainne Rose Fordham discusses the role in bringing various creative elements together to create the final 3D film. Grainne is Artist-in-Residence at Butler Gallery for the duration of the WolfWalkers: The Exhibition and discusses some of the exciting projects she has coming up as part of her time at the gallery.
March 3, 1-2 pm: Wolves in Ireland
A chance to discover more about the stars of the show! Discover the history of wolves in Ireland and the rich folklore connected to this primeval animal. Creative Directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart are joined in discussion with Dr Kieran Hickey, Department of Geography, UCC and author of the book Wolves in Ireland; A Natural and Cultural History.