Fantastical French

The Island of Misfit Toys''EMA + ANACAO // An Exhibition of Oil Paintings, Drawings, & Original Screen Prints''at APG Works, July 8th - 30th, 2011

The Island of Misfit Toys''EMA + ANACAO // An Exhibition of Oil Paintings, Drawings, & Original Screen Prints''at APG Works, July 8th - 30th, 2011

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Fantastical French

TWO Parisian artists, Ema and Anacao, are exhibiting oil paintings, drawings and original screen prints at Sheffield’s APG Works in a show entitled The Island of Misfit Toys, exploring the contrast between dark and cute in a fantastic world.

As a resident of New York for almost a decade, Ema’s work as a visual artist can be seen throughout the city, from gallery shows to large-scale mural productions in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. Utilising acrylic, watercolor, silkscreen and spray-paint on canvas, the French artist creates a world of abstract scenes populated by illustrative figures in a dream-like state.

Anacao, born in Spain in 1981, grew up in the South of France and studied Visual Communication in Montpellier. After living in Rome, Barcelona and Granada, she is now based in Paris, where she works as a freelance painter and graphic designer. She has drawn all her life, and finds her inspiration in music, fashion and independent comic strips.

The Island of Misfit Toys represents a gloomy universe populated by vintage, romantic and strange toys inspired by Japanese pop animation, Seventies science fiction and graffiti.

The show runs from Friday until July 30. There is a Preview Evening tonight at APG Works, formerly Archipelago, in Sidney Street,

And the winners are

SCREEN Yorkshire has announced its final round of Lottery investments for cinemas, film festivals and other film promoters in the region. Among 14 organisations to have been successful in receiving awards for 2011/12 totalling £84,600 were young people’s film festival at the Showroom, Showcomotion (£8,000) Sheffield’s festival of music, film and digital Sensoria (£5,000) and Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (£2,000).

Screen Yorkshire recently supported Sheffield Doc Fest in its successful move to a June slot, and continues to use Grant in Aid funding to develop the work of key organisations such as the National Media Museum in Bradford, Showroom Cinema in Sheffield, Yorkshire Film Archive and Yorkshire Group of Film Societies.

Jay Arnold, Head of Cultural Sector Investment, said: “Competition for funding this year was very intense as lottery funding has been cut and many other public funding sources have disappeared. The incredible range and diversity of film exhibition activity taking place in Yorkshire and Humber shows our region leads the way in increasing access and choice.”

Screen Yorkshire, which distributed Lottery funding on behalf of the British Film Institute, is being axed as part of a cost-cutting merger of regional film agencies.