Monday, 19 September 2011

An Audience with Griff Rhys Jones and his Ghanaian ‘fantasy coffin’

Griff Rhys Jones will at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich on Wednesday 2 November, for a special ‘Audience with Griff Rhys Jones’ event. The visit coincides with the loan of his ‘fantasy’ Ghanaian coffin to the Sainsbury Centre. The TV camera coffin is the focal point of a new display about Ga art and culture from Tuesday 27 September until Sunday 4 December.


The coffin, which is remarkably realistic despite its scale, was created last year for Griff Rhys Jones as part of the BBC television series Hidden Treasures of Africa. It is the first time since the television programme was broadcast that the general public has seen the ‘fantasy coffin’. The display makes links with African objects in the Centre’s Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, and in the spirit of the Collection, shows that art can be found in all manner of objects. 

The ‘Audience with Griff Rhys Jones’ evening on Wednesday 2 November is a fundraising event for the Sainsbury Centre. Griff Rhys Jones will talk about his experiences filming the BBC television series Hidden Treasures of Africa and the creation of his ‘fantasy’ coffin in conversation with Sainsbury Centre director Paul Greenhalgh. The event includes a two-course meal with wine and music from Norfolk’s Anna Mudeka Band, Tickets are £55 or £75, (£75 ticket includes exclusive drinks and canapé reception with Griff Rhys Jones). Doors open 6pm with dinner at 7.30pm, tel. 01603 593199 for more information or to book tickets.

The ‘fantasy coffin display’ runs from Tuesday 27 September to Sunday 4 December 2011. The Centre will be open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm, closed Mondays including Bank Holiday Mondays, http://www.scva.ac.uk/.

Photograph: Griff Rhys Jones in the ‘fantasy coffin’ at ‘Hello Design Coffins’, Accra, 2010

(Modern TV).