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Affairs of the Art celebrates the work of acclaimed animator Joanna Quinn, a major figure in animation renowned for her unique drawing skills, characterisations and humour. Her films have been nominated for three Oscars and have won three Emmys and four BAFTAs.
Joanna’s animation company is based in Cardiff and was established in 1987 with Writer and Producer Les Mills. The company name, Beryl Productions, derives from their signature character Beryl, a Welsh factory worker who appears in 4 of their films.
Their most recent film featuring Beryl, Affairs of the Art, was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 2022 Oscars and BAFTAs. It gained media attention across Wales and internationally.
Following retrospectives of Joanna’s work all over the word, this exhibition is the first major showcase of her artwork in Wales.
Over a period of 6 years Joanna created 24,000 drawings for Affairs of the Art. A selection are now displayed for the very first time in the Senedd.
They are shown alongside earlier artwork from films and commercials which follow the process Joanna takes from initial idea to the finished film.