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I Know What I Like (Artists)

In a ten mile triangle giant toads are sculpted in bronze, the intricacies of trees are captured in oil and the first space invader is exhibited.

Documentary 1983 26 mins

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Michael Clegg is his usual amiable self as he interviews three people working in Yorkshire in different artistic fields about their work. First up is renowned animal sculptor Sally Arnup, talking about her impressive bronze figures; followed by landscape and wildlife painter Neil Spillman, explaining his methods as he sits with easel on Skipwith Common; and lastly Jon Gresham giving a tour of his wonderful Penny Arcadia Museum at the then Ritz Cinema in Pocklington.

Sally Arnup, having studied at the Royal College of Art, arrived in York in the 1950s and continued to sculpt at her studios at Holtby until her death in 2015. She set up the first charity shop in York soon after her arrival, for Oxfam, and campaigned for people with learning disabilities after the local authority refused education provision for her son. The Penny Arcadia Museum in Pocklington, with its fine collection of vintage British, European and American slot machines, had just been opened, only to close again in 1994 after Jon Gresham’s unexpected death, eventually ending up with the International Arcade Museum in Pasadena, California. The work of all three has gone to build worldwide reputations.