Calling north for an inspirational study day
A two pronged study day is planned for 21st January in Liverpool. Two exciting exhibitions, in a wonderful city.
First we’ll go to Tate Liverpool to learn about Lewis Carroll’s timeless novels, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, which have fascinated children and adults alike since their publication over 150 years ago. Alice in Wonderland is the first exhibition of its kind to explore how Lewis Carroll’s stories have influenced the visual arts, inspiring generations of artists. The exhibition will provide insight into the creation of the novels and the inspiration they have provided for artists through the decades. The starting point for the exhibition is Carroll’s original manuscript, written in 1864 as a present for ten year old Alice Liddell. Carroll’s own illustrations ensured that images were central to the story, creating a visual world which took on a life of its own. The exhibition will offer a rare opportunity to view Carroll’s own drawings and photographs, alongside John Tenniel’s preliminary drawings for the first edition of the novel.
Carroll’s stories were soon adopted by other artists. Surrealist artists from the 1930s onwards were drawn towards the fantastical world of Wonderland where natural laws were suspended. From the 1960s through the 1970s, Carroll’s Alice tales also prompted conceptual artists to explore language and its relationship to perception, and the stories inspired further responses in Pop and Psychedelic art. Expect to see works by artists ranging from Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, to Peter Blake and Yayoi Kusama. Alice in Wonderland will also showcase an exciting selection of contemporary art, demonstrating the continuing artistic relevance of Carroll’s novels. Works by Anna Gaskell, Annelies Strba and Torsten Lauschmann will all appear, exploring ideas such as the journey from childhood to adulthood; language, meaning and nonsense; scale and perspective; and perception and reality.
Then we’ll go to see an exhibition of The Art Books of Henri Matisse at the Walker Art Gallery. The exhibition comprises 63 framed original illustrations with text from four of Matisse’s most significant books, including his famous ‘Jazz’ (1947), one of the most celebrated artists’ books in the history of modern art. Also on display will be a number of artists’ books from the Walker Art Gallery’s permanent collection by artists such as Ed Ruscha, Derek Boshier, Gilbert & George, Tom Phillips and Jeff Nuttall.
The study visit will start at 11am and Visual Communications Curriculum Leader Christian Lloyd will be joining me. Places are free to OCA students. To book a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org