Petals and Claws - Revisiting The Owl Service fifty years on

Contributing artists - Liz Ellis, Jenny Ryrie, Alison Heke, David Heke, Chris Tally Evans, Bettina Langlois, Anna Wigley

In August 1967, the acclaimed British author, Alan Garner OBE, published the classic children’s book, The Owl Service, a story that revolves around the ancient tale of Blodeuwedd from The Mabinogion. Garner replays the tragic story, generation  after generation, reliving the cursed love triangle that ensnared Blodeuwedd, Lleu and Gronw.

 Photographer David Heke has collaborated with Alan and Griselda Garner on a number of projects and a conversation between them sparked the idea of creating a project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Owl Service. The result is a wonderful collaborative exhibition by a group of multidisciplinary artists from either side of the English / Welsh border that explores and celebrates this ground-breaking story.

Katharine Darby, Alan Garner’s daughter, shared these words with us at the opening of the Petals and Claws exhibition. She describes how her father set about writing The Owl Service. Click here to download 

Works on Sale

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Liz Ellis - Petals and Claws (£15 each)

Liz Ellis - Petals and Claws (£15 each)

£ 15

Porcelain/slate

Liz Ellis - Smash (Price on application)

Liz Ellis - Smash (Price on application)

£ 0

Porcelain and gold lustre

Liz Ellis - She Is At The Hunting

Liz Ellis - She Is At The Hunting

£ 1800

White stoneware

Liz Ellis - Power Released

Liz Ellis - Power Released

£ 1200

Porcelain with gold lustre

Liz Ellis - Oak Fell

Liz Ellis - Oak Fell

£ 1200

Porcelain/oak/aluminium

Liz Ellis - Mist in the Valley

Liz Ellis - Mist in the Valley

£ 1200

White stoneware

Liz Ellis - From Dark Earth Born 2,3&4

Liz Ellis - From Dark Earth Born 2,3&4

£ 2200

Black stoneware

Liz Ellis - From Dark Earth Born 1

Liz Ellis - From Dark Earth Born 1

£ 2200

Black stoneware

Liz Ellis - Follow (Detailed)

Liz Ellis - Follow (Detailed)

£ 1200

White stoneware

Liz Ellis - Follow

Liz Ellis - Follow

£ 1200

White stoneware

Liz Ellis - Flowers on The Mountain - Aware

Liz Ellis - Flowers on The Mountain - Aware

£ 1500

White stoneware

Liz Ellis - Flowers on The Mountain - Awake

Liz Ellis - Flowers on The Mountain - Awake

£ 1500

White stoneware

Liz Ellis - Flowers on the Mountain l

Liz Ellis - Flowers on the Mountain l

£ 1500

White stoneware

Liz Ellis - Darkness Rises in the Valley (Detailed)

Liz Ellis - Darkness Rises in the Valley (Detailed)

£ 1200

White stoneware

Liz Ellis - Darkness Rises in the Valley

Liz Ellis - Darkness Rises in the Valley

£ 1200

White stoneware

Liz Ellis - Darkness Falls in the Valley (Detailed)

Liz Ellis - Darkness Falls in the Valley (Detailed)

£ 1200

White stoneware

Liz Ellis - Darkness Falls in the Valley

Liz Ellis - Darkness Falls in the Valley

£ 1200

White stoneware & gold lustre

Liz Ellis - Blodeuwedd (Detailed)

Liz Ellis - Blodeuwedd (Detailed)

£ 1200

Porcelain with gold lustre

Liz Ellis - Blodeuwedd

Liz Ellis - Blodeuwedd

£ 1200

Porcelain with gold lustre

David Heke - The Flight of Blodeuwedd

David Heke - The Flight of Blodeuwedd

£ 345

Toned silver gelatin print

David Heke - The Transformation of Blodeuwedd

David Heke - The Transformation of Blodeuwedd

£ 450

Toned silver gelatin print

David Heke - Valley of Ghosts

David Heke - Valley of Ghosts

£ 450

Toned silver gelatin print

David Heke - The Stone of Gronw

David Heke - The Stone of Gronw

£ 345

Toned silver gelatin print

David Heke - The Flight of Lleu

David Heke - The Flight of Lleu

£ 450

Toned silver gelatin print

David Heke - Shattering Glass

David Heke - Shattering Glass

£ 450

Toned silver gelatin print

David Heke - Return to the Castle

David Heke - Return to the Castle

£ 450

Toned silver gelatin print

David Heke - Pistyll Gwyn

David Heke - Pistyll Gwyn

£ 345

Toned silver gelatin print

David Heke - In the Woods

David Heke - In the Woods

£ 450

Toned silver gelatin print

David Heke - Gwydion’s Song

David Heke - Gwydion’s Song

£ 345

Toned silver gelatin print

David Heke - Flowers of the Oak

David Heke - Flowers of the Oak

£ 345

Toned silver gelatin print

David Heke - '... the water sliding like oil under the trees ...'

David Heke - '... the water sliding like oil under the trees ...'

£ 345

Toned silver gelatin print

David Heke - Blodeuwedd and Gronw

David Heke - Blodeuwedd and Gronw

£ 450

Toned silver gelatin print

Jenny Ryrie - The Lamps Went Out In The Valley

Jenny Ryrie - The Lamps Went Out In The Valley

£ 450

Watercolour

Jenny Ryrie - Over the River to the Mountains

Jenny Ryrie - Over the River to the Mountains

£ 450

Watercolour

Jenny Ryrie - Night Flowers

Jenny Ryrie - Night Flowers

£ 450

Watercolour

Jenny Ryrie - Brown Spate

Jenny Ryrie - Brown Spate

Sold

Watercolour

Jenny Ryrie - Aber

Jenny Ryrie - Aber

Sold

Watercolour

Jenny Ryrie - You Can Hear The River

Jenny Ryrie - You Can Hear The River

£ 2500

Watercolour

Jenny Ryrie - Where The Foxes Go

Jenny Ryrie - Where The Foxes Go

Sold

Watercolour

Jenny Ryrie - Water Sliding Like Oil

Jenny Ryrie - Water Sliding Like Oil

£ 2500

Watercolour

Jenny Ryrie - The Cloud Moved Like Skirts

Jenny Ryrie - The Cloud Moved Like Skirts

£ 500

Watercolour

Jenny Ryrie - She Will Go Hunting

Jenny Ryrie - She Will Go Hunting

£ 850

Watercolour

Jenny Ryrie - She Want To Be Flowers

Jenny Ryrie - She Want To Be Flowers

£ 0

Watercolour

Jenny Ryrie - River Landscape

Jenny Ryrie - River Landscape

Sold

Watercolour

Jenny Ryrie - No One Waiting

Jenny Ryrie - No One Waiting

£ 0

Watercolour

Jenny Ryrie - Power In The Valley

Jenny Ryrie - Power In The Valley

£ 295

Watercolour

Jenny Ryrie - It Was The Whole Sky

Jenny Ryrie - It Was The Whole Sky

£ 2500

Watercolour

Jenny Ryrie - Crowding The Hills With Ghosts

Jenny Ryrie - Crowding The Hills With Ghosts

Sold

Watercolour

Jenny Ryrie - Gronw, Bloddeuwedd, Lleu

Jenny Ryrie - Gronw, Bloddeuwedd, Lleu

£ 2500

Watercolour