Film ID:
YFA 5829



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This is a programme in the Clegg’s People series, with Michael Clegg interviewing three people working in Yorkshire in different artistic fields about their work.  First up is renowned animal sculptor Sally Arnup, talking about her impressive bronze figures.  She is followed by landscape and wildlife painter Neil Spillman, explaining his methods as he sits with easel on Skipworth Common.  And lastly, Jon Gresham gives a tour of his wonderful Penny Arcadia Museum at the then Ritz Cinema in Pocklington.

The film begins with Michael Clegg standing in the back garden of the house of sculptor Sally Arnup in Holtby, near York.  Then he and Sally Arnup are together in her workshop where they talk about her sculptors, mainly of animals, showing several examples.  Arnup tells the stories behind some of these: a toad, a frog, a squirrel, Chinese geese, a peahen, fluffy bantam hens, an owl, Wensleydale sheep, a foal, a bloodhound and a hare.

Now in a field near Skipworth Common, near Selby, 10 miles south of York, where Clegg meets artist Neil Spillman doing charcoal drawings.  Clegg discusses Splillman’s work with him, showing examples of his landscapes, with Spillman explaining how he got into painting and how his methods have changed over the years.  He explains that he was brought up in the area and that to “see things makes you buzz.”  He states that his technique has got more detailed over time. 

Finally, Clegg visits the Arts Centre in Pocklington.  A film has just finished screening and the curtains go up to reveal the collection of penny arcadia, old slot-machines, collected by John Gresham.  One of the machines shows an English execution, and Gresham shows others in action, with a young woman assistant winding one of the machines.  Gresham gives an account of their history and how he came to acquire the objects 12 years previously, now holding 333 machines.  He states that 100 of these are on show, dating between 1886 and 1939, some possibly earlier.  The first one he acquired was a space invader machine.  Together they look at more of the collection, including a football game from 1896, the first of its kind, and an acrobat, an American execution and a Chinese torture.  Some were collected from the father of Alice and Evelyn Dennison from Leeds, including a What the Butler Saw.   

In conclusion, Clegg speaks to the camera summing up the different kinds if art he has seen.

End Credits:
Clegg’s People is introduced by Michael Clegg
Camera – Alan Pyrah
Sound – Don Atkinson, Alan Bedwood
Film Editor – Terry Warwick
Director - David St. David Smith
Producer - John Wilford 
Yorkshire Television