Giles Walker: The Last Supper

Giles Walker: The Last Supper

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Step into the darkness for an interview with artist Giles Walker about his sculptural performance art - The Last Supper - now on at Torre Abbey, Torquay. Previously only seen in LA and London; it's like nothing you will have seen before. 

Based on the idea of people sitting around the table in a pseudo-biblical scene; this is a truly immersive, animated sculpture set against an epic backdrop of darkness inside Torre Abbey. 

I wanted to do something on religion... I wanted it to be a big piece that I could treat as a painting with lots of little detail and some bigger stuff...
— Giles Walker

The Last Supper explores themes of religion and humanity and was created at a time when the artist was going through major life events from adopting a child to the death of his mother. 

The kinetic robots are both haunting and intriguing. Built from CPR dummies, the subtle gestures and audio exchange between the robots make them extraordinarily human. Depending on where you stand in the room, you hear and take away different messages. This is the kind of art that gets you talking and questioning the order of the world around you. 

I like them to be dark and I like them to be quite hard and harsh, but I also always like to put a little bit of humour in there, because I think humour is quite a powerful thing...
— Giles Walker

This is on our you-must-go-see-this list. You've got until the 31st August 2018 to see this at Torre Abbey. There are just 2 performances a day during the week (11am and 2pm) and three each Saturday and Sunday (11am, 2pm, 4pm). Each performance is limited to an intimate group of 25 people over 15 years old (adult themes and language). Normal museum entry applies (£8/£7 concessions). We recommend you book your place in advance online or at the museum shop: https://www.torre-abbey.org.uk/whats-on/the-last-supper/

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