ANYONE looking in through the window of the Jerwood Gallery last Friday evening would have been surprised to see it full of adults on their hands and knees drawing on large sheets of paper.
A couple of hundred ticket-holders were prepared for the unexpected, as artists the Chapman Brothers had planned a special event on May 17 at the gallery as part of the nationwide Museums at Night festival.
It turned out to be a party atmosphere with an artistic slant as Jake Chapman (his brother Dinos unable to attend due to illness) led participants in a game of Exquisite Corpse, similar to the parlour game consequences, but with body parts.
With participation compulsory, attendees split into groups and the creative juices quickly began to flow, and groups took it in turns to draw on sections of paper before folding and passing them on.
Jake himself made contributions in his inimitable style before judging the final works of art.
Those who contributed to the winning piece were promised a studio visit and dinner with the Chapman Brothers, “and maybe more”.
A playlist of music had been specially selected by Dinos Chapman.
Jerwood Gallery director Liz Gilmore said: “For us it was a resounding success; the tickets sold out within 24 hours.
“The people who came were unanimous in their feedback that they enjoyed themselves.
“It broke down barriers and it was great to get adults involved in things they had not touched for years.
“We would like to do a lot more events that have a party edge to them.”
Showing at the gallery until the summer at least, is an exhibition of work on paper by Jake and Dinos Chapman, Exquisite Corpse.
“It gives a real hint at what the event was like,” said Liz.
The following day (Saturday, May 18), Jake Chapman led family workshops at the gallery, where he helped children create their own artwork.
The plan is for the children’s work to be exhibited in the gallery at a later date.