Contributions - The Art of Smallfilms – The Work of Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin

Working from a barn in Kent, Postgate and Firmin produced some of the best-loved children’s television of the 1960s and 1970s, including Bagpuss, The Clangers, Ivor The Engine and Noggin The Nog.

This book presents the Smallfilms archive – the puppets and cut-outs from these series, along with insights into how they were made.

It’s a book full of pipe cleaners, cotton wool, wire and ping-pong balls, and celebrates the imagination and ingenuity of two artists who shaped the childhoods of a generation.

Introduction by Jonny Trunk, Foreword by Stewart Lee:

Jonny Trunk has taken the astonishingly thorough archive of Smallfilms… and presented it as one would a collection of artefacts in an exhibition detailing some much-admired 20th century art movement, like Fluxus or Dada.
The Smallfilms’ partnership’s sacred relics repay his trust, and our repeated viewings.

Stewart Lee