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Donald Trump Spitting Image puppet to go on show in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 12:25 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 21:27 22 November 2017

Donald Trump puppet by the satirist Roger Law, which will go on public display for the first time in Norwich. Photo: Andy Crouch/Avalon Television

Donald Trump puppet by the satirist Roger Law, which will go on public display for the first time in Norwich. Photo: Andy Crouch/Avalon Television

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The rubber puppet of the US President will go on display for the first time at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts as part of a retrospective of the work of the satirical TV series co-creator Roger Law.

Donald Trump puppet by the satirist Roger Law, which will go on public display for the first time in Norwich. Photo: Andy Crouch/Avalon TelevisionDonald Trump puppet by the satirist Roger Law, which will go on public display for the first time in Norwich. Photo: Andy Crouch/Avalon Television

A caricature of US President Donald Trump designed by one of the creators of satirical TV series Spitting Image is to go on show for the first time in Norwich.

Roger Law, who co-created the hit 1980s and 1990s television series with Peter Fluck, was approached by US network NBC about rebooting the show.

The American spin-off is expected to be penned by US writers, although current plans will see it filmed in the UK, where the puppets will also be made.

Law has already created a puppet of President Trump for the potential show makers which is to go on display at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts as part of a retrospective of the artist’s work.

Roger Law, creator of Spitting Image, gets eye to eye with his model of Osama Bin Laden. Photo: Toby Melville/PARoger Law, creator of Spitting Image, gets eye to eye with his model of Osama Bin Laden. Photo: Toby Melville/PA

He said he did not want to reboot the series in the UK but was tempted by the US approach “because of Trump”.

He said: “Quite what you do I’m not sure because he satirises his self. They seem to be quite serious, we’ve had a puppet made.

“I am a reformed old gentleman but I get very angry about things. It’s puppets, not people so you can get away with murder. You could have a pussy-grabbing sketch for Christ’s sake.”

Law created Spitting Image in the 1980s alongside Peter Fluck and the show ran for 13 years, parodying figures from Margaret Thatcher to Arthur Scargill.

Donald Trump puppet by the satirist Roger Law, which will go on public display for the first time in Norwich. Photo: Andy Crouch/Avalon TelevisionDonald Trump puppet by the satirist Roger Law, which will go on public display for the first time in Norwich. Photo: Andy Crouch/Avalon Television

He has been a seminal British artist and cultural commentator for the last four decades. He has subsequently become a major ceramic artist, establishing himself as a pioneering figure in his work in Jingdezhen, one of China’s most famous porcelain centres.

The exhibition explores the full range of Law’s extraordinary career. The Newspaper and Magazine Office presents his early career in the Art Department of the Sunday Times, where his first important cartoons and illustrations were made.

The Studio Workshop explores his time in Cambridge and his collaboration with Peter Fluck. The Caricature Factory charts the rise and success of Spitting Image with a range of the famous figures on display including, arguably his most iconic, that of Margret Thatcher.

Jingdezhen, the final section, explores how following the pressures of the Spitting Image years saw him move fully from puppetry to porcelain.

Law described walking through the retrospective as “like drowning”, adding: “All these images you’ve done in the past come back to haunt you.”

• Roger Law: From Satire to Ceramics runs at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, from November 18 to April 3, Tues-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm, £7 (£6 cons), 01603 593199, scva.ac.uk

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