Tree Tales of the Eden Valley
24 March to 30 April 2017 at Penrith and Eden Museum
The curators at Penrith and Eden Museum (Robinson's School, Middlegate Penrith) are branching out with a new exhibition starting next month called Tree Tales of the Eden Valley, which celebrates forest imagination through folk tales, heritage and art.
Eden District Council’s Museum Curator, Corinna Leenen, said: "When people touch wood to ward off misfortune, this is a relic of the days when guardian spirits were supposed to live in trees. The forest imagination has inspired some remarkable work in art and poetry, complementing the Romantic traditions of mountain scenery and the sublime - abundant in the Lake District.
"This exhibition celebrates the forest imagination of the Eden Valley, through folk tales, heritage and art. Woodland forms the backdrop for the strange rituals of the druids in Jacob Thompson's famous painting, and offers the setting to the tales of Adam Bell, William of Cloudsley and Clym of the Clough - the Robin Hoods of northern England."
To accompany this exhibition, the Museum are looking forward to displaying an installation piece of short-film animation by Hannah Fox. Hannah is a professional freelance Artist based in Cumbria who works with puppetry, papercuts and animation. She adopts simple, low-tech making techniques to create unusual hand-made animations that tell bold and imaginative stories. For more information about Hannah’s work visit www.hannahonthehill.co.uk
Join Hannah to participate in the creation of this new animation at free drop in session listed below. Explore ways to create a small image and make it move! No experience needed.
Drop-in session Friday 17 February 10am to 4pm
Drop-in session Saturday 18 February 10am to 4pm
Animation sessions Saturday 4 March 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
(Free, but booking required as places are limited)
Sessions are free
Suitable for 12 years+
Participants are welcome to bring along photographs and other 2-D material related to trees and woodland of the Eden Valley for use in the animation.