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  • Paula the Polar Bear at Turner Contemporary. Photo: Manu Palomeque
  • Paula the Polar Bear at Turner Contemporary. Photo: Manu Palomeque

Today, Paula the Polar Bear arrived at Turner Contemporary for her first public performance this summer.

Paula the Polar Bear, a life-sized puppet, will be roaming around the gallery for five weeks on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from Thursday 26th July. Paula the Polar Bear will surprise visitors to Margate, and encourage thought provoking conversations about climate change and how humans can co-exist with animals. The performances run alongside the gallery’s summer exhibition, Animals & Us, a major show of over 80 artworks exploring the relationships between humans and animals.

Coinciding with the heatwave, the appearance of a polar bear in Margate raises important questions about the impact of climate change on our environment. Paula the Polar Bear is on loan from Greenpeace. Because of ongoing and potential loss of their sea ice habitat resulting from climate change, polar bears were listed as a threatened species in the US under the Endangered Species Act in May 2008.

In order to bring Paula the Polar Bear to Margate the gallery embarked on their first crowdfunding campaign with Art Happens, which was supported by 292 donors. The gallery has worked with professional puppeteers to train local performers to operate Paula the Polar Bear.

Plan your visit to see Paula the Polar Bear here.

Images of Paula the Polar Bear can be downloaded here.
Posted by: Turner Contemporary on Thu 26 Jul 2018