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
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