NEWCASTLE | Alice In Wonderland. Alice was a stoic adventurous child, prone to falling asleep regardless of her surroundings, changing size in a disconcerting way, and wandering off and talking to strangers.
However, here we celebrate those innocent qualities in this delightful exhibition that shows us what has happened in the 150 years since the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
The exhibition, now at the Laing Art Gallery, recognises the enduring power of Lewis Carroll’s original story and those first illustrations by John Tenniel.
The exhibition explores how the story of the girl who went ‘down the rabbit hole’ continues to inspire and entertain 150 years after it was published in 1865.
Although the story has been adapted, appropriated, re-imagined and re-illustrated since its conception, we are still enchanted by Carroll’s original, much loved story, which continues to inspire new generations of writers and illustrators.
Wonderland: Alice’s Adventures Under Ground
One of the British Library’s most loved treasures is Lewis Carroll’s iconic handwritten manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground. There is also the diary where Lewis Carroll wrote detailing the ‘golden afternoon’ on 4 July 1862 when he first told the story to Alice Liddell and her sisters. This provides the starting point for the exhibition, as well as the illustrations of John Tenniel, alongside editions by Mervyn Peake, Ralph Steadman, Leonard Weisgard, Arthur Rackham, Salvador Dali and others.
So drop in and have your own mad tea party in the café and enjoy this wonderful show.
Illustration: A detail from an illustration by Tony Antoniou.
Take a trip down the rabbit hole with a tour from one of the curators.
At the Laing Art Gallery on Wednesday 24 August, 10am–2pm
Boggle your brains with our optical illusions, peer through the looking glass and chase the Cheshire Cat around the gallery. Admission £3 per child – drop in
At the Laing Art Gallery on Thursday 25 August, 10am–3pm
Explore the Laing and try out a range of art techniques from painting with acrylics and watercolours to drawing and illustrating, sculpting with clay and experimenting with printmaking. Admission£20 per person
At the Laing Art Gallery on Wednesday 31 August, 10am–2pm
Who ate all the tarts? And who’s still hungry? Make your own giant cake sculptures; mix your own coloured potions, and help decorate the gallery for our unbirthday. Admission: £3 per child – drop in
At the Laing Art Gallery on Thursday 1 September, 10am–3pm
Explore the Laing and try out a range of art techniques from painting with acrylics and watercolours to drawing and illustrating, sculpting with clay and experimenting with printmaking. Admission: £20 per person.
At the Laing Art Gallery on Thursday 15 September, 7pm–10pm
LATE AT THE LAING Celebrates all things Alice with an evening of drinking entertainment. Hot or cold, soft or alcoholic, beverage experts from across the city will tempt you with new combinations, special ingredients and (just a little) education on science and techniques. Admission £15. (includes entry to exhibition and drink token)
For More On This Story
Paul Gravett: “One of my ‘Books Of The Year’ was Bryan Talbot’s Alice In Sunderland.
In this feature, a ‘Bryan Talbot special’, I take a look at Bryan’s career in comics and examine Alice In Sunderland in detail.
This is followed by a short interview with Bryan and concludes with a review of the Byran’s latest publication, The Art Of Bryan Talbot.”
14 May 2016
2 October 2016
Tuesday to Saturday 10am–5pm
Laing Art Gallery
New Bridge Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
0191 278 1611