Here is a little bit about the thinking behind the exhibition from the galleries website:
“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.”
The exhibition runs until January 4th 2014