May the 4th be with you: Star Wars exhibition at FullCircle Gallery, Leeds

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Friday May the 4th saw the opening of the excellent @StarWarsLeeds exhibition at FullCircle Gallery off Kirkstall Road, Leeds. Organised and curated by TheHangGang and Leeds Alternative Comics, it brought together a range of contemporary artists’ designs and creations unified by the Star Wars universe, and a collection of vintage toys.

Back in 2008 I shot a panorama of Barry aka TheHangGang’s toy room, and gawped at the selection of carded Star Wars figures he had displayed next to his vinyl toys. Fast forward a shade more than four years and his collection is bigger, better and badder than ever. As a kid, I had a decent collection of Star Wars figurines, and the imagination to transport them and I to wherever I wanted to be, but they were loved, used and abused rather than left box-fresh. So seeing a the range of pristine figures, and the accompanying vehicles, all displayed perfectly was enough to bring out the inner child in me once again.

Eager to capture the gallery at its best with some stills and panoramas, I went across on Saturday afternoon, avoiding the heaving crowds of the launch event and taking advantage of natural light. Onstage, the FullCircle house band were playing live jizz and jatz, replicating the style and swing of Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes (aka the Cantina Band), while an all-too accurate Boba Fett walked around menacingly, with a couple of young padawans trailing in his wake.

The artworks were superb… you can see a selection of them in the photo gallery below… with a huge range of styles covering obscure, oblique and irreverent topics. I massively enjoyed the exhbition: a great space, inspiring exhibits, and a really fun family atmosphere. The force was definitely strong with this one…

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