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Prolific Potato by Monster Chetwynd

A performance inspired by the work of Eduardo Paolozzi

  • Saturday 6 April, 2.30-3.15pm (followed by a book launch)

The performance is free but ticketed

This event is fully booked. If you wish your name to be added to a waiting list, please email Emma Gillespie


The National Galleries of Scotland have commissioned the performance Prolific Potato by Monster Chetwynd, whose work is at the centre of the current NOW exhibition. The performance will be followed by the launch of her latest publication, The Supreme Deluxe Essential Monster Chetwynd Handbook, published by Edition Patrick Frey

Inspired by the National Galleries of Scotland’s holdings of the work of Eduardo Paolozzi, Prolific Potato will recount elements of his life by way of puppets and performers, in a gallery space dissected by structures made of cloth, paper and plumbing pipe. A giant puppet, showing the transition between a man and a potato, will loom down over the audience. Music, dance, hand-made costumes and props will combine with audience participation to climax in a surging, continuous flow of productivity and recycled appropriation from the reconstruction of Paolozzi’s studio in Modern Two.

Join us after the performance for a glass of wine to celebrate the launch of Monster's new book published by Edition Patrick Frey. The 800-page, lavishly illustrated Handbook is Chetwynd’s most ambitious to date and graphically retraces her creative years from 2007 to 2018. Monster will be signing books and you can get 10%* off in the shop on the day of the event. Every customer who purchases a book at the launch on Saturday 6 April, will receive a goody bag** too. Pre-order your copy of The Supreme Deluxe Essential Monster Chetwynd Handbook and have it ready for collection on the day.

  • Please note that the performance will take place both inside and outdoors including on grass
  • Please dress appropriately
  • Audience participation is welcomed but is not obligatory
  • The performance will be filmed and photographed. By booking a ticket you agree to feature in both
  • Photography is permitted for personal use only (no flash or tripod use)
  • We expect this event to be popular if you book a ticket and find that you cannot attend then please email Emma Gillespie

For all enquiries please contact Emma Gillespie (0131 624 6324).

Supported by The Ampersand Foundation and The Paolozzi Foundation.

*T&Cs apply. 10% discount is valid in our Modern One shop on Saturday 6 April. Excludes custom prints, Friends memberships, tickets and gift vouchers. Not valid for online orders. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. **Goody bags are limited to those customers who purchase a Monster book at the book launch on Saturday 6 April, and are limited to one per customer. Goody bags cannot be exchanged for any other items. Contents may include but are not limited to postcards, books, stationery and posters.

Monster Chetwynd, Prolific Potato 2, 2018, © The artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Event accessibility

Event accessibility

  • Wheelchair access
  • Most of the performance will be accessibile to wheelchair users
  • The performance will take place both inside and outside the gallery, including on grass and paper
  • Portable folding stools will be available

Gallery facilities

The following facilities are available at the Gallery.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop
  • Accessible toilets
  • Changing places toilet
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • On-site parking (£2)
  • Disabled parking
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack

Getting here

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located 15 minutes’ walk from Princes Street. It includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two, set in a beautiful sculpture park.

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

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