Artists, illustrators, makers & craftspeople explore a magical mixed media multi-artform extravaganza of festive delights
Becky Adams // Paul Bommer // Jessie Chorley // Jennifer Collier // Ann McCay // Rosemary Sharman // Barry Morris and many more
“The wolves are running” is a line taken from John Masefield’s The Box of Delights, first published in 1935. Master Kay Harker is coming home for the holidays when he meets an old Punch and Judy man, Cole Hawlings, who gives him a magical box that allows him to shrink, fly, and go swift, and so a series of adventures begins. I first became aware of the story in 1984 when I watched a BBC adaptation of the book. The title music for this, and the 1943 Children’s Hour version, was from The Carol Symphony (1927) by Victor Hely-Hutchinson, a wonderfully festive string version of the First Noel. What I like about the Box of Delights is that it plays with symbols, sacred and profane, resulting in a coming together of forces to bring light to the darkness of winter.
For this exhibition the team at Oriel Wrecsam have invited some of our favourite artists, illustrators, makers & craftspeople to explore a magical mixed-media, multi-art form extravaganza of seasonal delights.
We hope you enjoy our Winter Exhibitions and feel inspired by the magic, the folklore, the stories and imagination. As the classic Welsh children’s book by Moelona, Teulu Bach Nantoer, first published in Wrexham 100 years ago, begins, “It was a cold and wintry night. Outside the wind howled and the rain poured but inside the cosy Nantoer home the fire smiled happily and a warm glow surrounded the family sat beside it.”
A perfect opportunity to find special presents, and to take advantage of 30 years of Collectorplan.
While you are visiting the exhibition, which is complemented by the wonderful “and Also” of contemporary illustrators, why not visit the BFI Mediatheque in Wrexham Library and watch Lotte Reiniger’s paper cut animated Father Christmas advert for the GPO (General Post Office) from the 1930s, Angela Carter’s dark and mysterious Magic Toyshop from 1987, or The Grey Rabbit Bournville film from 1921. BFI Mediatheque is the place to make new discoveries and get reacquainted with old favourites. Simply log on at a viewing station and enjoy highlights from the BFI National Archive, the world’s greatest and most diverse collection of film and television, free of charge.
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