Purpleman to take donated toys to children in war-torn Syria

Pyramid Gallery owner Terry Brett tries out Purpleman’s bike, chased by Purpleman, left, to promote the exhibition to help children in Syria

Pyramid Gallery owner Terry Brett tries out Purpleman’s bike outside York Minster

Terry Brett, who runs the Pyramid Gallery in Stonegate, York, and street performer Purpleman promote a forthcoming exhibition at the gallery to support aid for children in war-torn Syria.

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A colourful York street performer has teamed up with a city art gallery to help bring light to the lives of children in war-torn Syria.

Purpleman, who entertains visitors for up to eight hours a day on his bike in Stonegate, will take a van-load of children’s toys donated by well-wishers to the Middle Eastern country later this year.

He has organised an exhibition of art, sculpture and curios in the Pyramid Gallery to help pay for the trip.

And Terry Brett, owner of the gallery, is to have a spell at being Purpleman for a day on Monday.

The exhibition – For The Love Of Purple - will feature work from artists Purpleman has commissioned over several years, many of which will feature in a forthcoming book, and much of the art has been created by the entertainer himself.

It includes an installation of purple soft toys which are miniature versions of Bubbles, the dog which sits on his bike.

The exhibition starts on Saturday on the first floor at the gallery, but there is a party and opening night tomorrow at 6.30pm. Terry’s turn at being Purpleman will start at 10.30am on Monday and he says it will last until “sometime in the afternoon, depending on saddle soreness”.

Terry said: “I’m not even certain I can do it for more than ten minutes, but if people want to see how I cope with the challenge, they can come along and give me encouragement in Stonegate.”

The art will be available to buy and more information is at pyramidgallery.com or by phoning the gallery on 01904 641187.

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11:30am Thu 6 Mar 14

rodney'sdog says...

Excellent-well done Purpleman-a real super hero!
Excellent-well done Purpleman-a real super hero! rodney'sdog
  • Score: 5

12:31pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Daisy75 says...

Is this a different Purpkeman to the one that got attacked and had death threats against?
Is this a different Purpkeman to the one that got attacked and had death threats against? Daisy75
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2:17pm Thu 6 Mar 14

magicadey says...

it says that's the gallery owner on the bike there. the purple man is in the leotard thing there ^
it says that's the gallery owner on the bike there. the purple man is in the leotard thing there ^ magicadey
  • Score: 1

5:38pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Blimp says...

Brilliant, love it! More please.
Brilliant, love it! More please. Blimp
  • Score: 0

5:44pm Thu 6 Mar 14

pedalling paul says...

Blimp wrote:
Brilliant, love it! More please.
Not a very orignal comment, but on this occasion I feel bound to echo it.
[quote][p][bold]Blimp[/bold] wrote: Brilliant, love it! More please.[/p][/quote]Not a very orignal comment, but on this occasion I feel bound to echo it. pedalling paul
  • Score: -5

6:53pm Thu 6 Mar 14

swh1963 says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Blimp wrote:
Brilliant, love it! More please.
Not a very orignal comment, but on this occasion I feel bound to echo it.
Two wheels good four wheels bad, Paul? Not a very original comment either but summarises you're tyresome bike/car based interventions in any story that vaguely features either. Meanwhile this story is actually about a fun and colourful way of supporting charity - well done purple man!
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blimp[/bold] wrote: Brilliant, love it! More please.[/p][/quote]Not a very orignal comment, but on this occasion I feel bound to echo it.[/p][/quote]Two wheels good four wheels bad, Paul? Not a very original comment either but summarises you're tyresome bike/car based interventions in any story that vaguely features either. Meanwhile this story is actually about a fun and colourful way of supporting charity - well done purple man! swh1963
  • Score: 4

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