The next exhibition opening at the greenhouse at Candie Museum on Friday 18 April is a retrospective of Paul Staple’s work as part of Guernsey Arts Commission’s Design Matters programme. Paul, known locally for running the Fermaine Tavern, has had a long international career as a designer for many celebrities and will be showing drawings, models and photographs from his large stage shows for musicians such as Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Nial Diamond and Rod Stewart. He also has orchestrated the Hong Kong handover ceremony, the launch of the Channel Tunnel, Guernsey Sings and was responsible for the Mast on the Town roundabout. The exhibition draws on Paul’s archive to look in depth at some of his many design projects. When Paul told his father he wanted to be a stage designer, his response was “Why don’t you get a proper job?”, hence the title of the show.
Joanna Littlejohns, curator and Head of Arts Development for the Arts Commission says:
“The exhibition with Paul came about through a chance encounter in Herm. When I realised Paul was moving his archive to a new location I asked if I could pop in to have a look. From that early meeting the idea of an exhibition came about as part of the GAC’s series of Design Matters shows. In these we aim to give all sorts of different design areas a public airing and to date we have covered fashion, book cover design, Guernsey icons, everyday objects and eight decades of chairs. Paul is an extraordinary designer and I am delighted to host this show at the greenhouse.”
Paul will be talking about his life and work on Saturday 21st June at 4pm as part of the Arts Commission’s Art in Context lecture series in the Frossard Theatre. Entry to the greenhouse and the museum is free for the talk and it is a good opportunity to catch the show as well which runs until Sunday 29 June.