A Cabinet of Curiosities
28th July - 25th August 2007 (Mon-Sat, 10.00am-5.30pm)
Currently showing at the Bluecoat Display Centre is the marvellous Wunderkrammer
or Cabinet of Curiosities. Wunderkrammer or Wonder Rooms first became
popular during the Renaissance, and were used by nobleman and kings to
display their most unusual gifts and possessions. Unlike today’s
museums and exhibitions there were no defined classifications, which meant
a wunderkrammer could contain objects from a wide variety of disciplines
from biology to art.
The collection at the Bluecoat is no different. Turning left as you enter
the exhibition will bring you face to face with such delights as a mouse
tail necklace and a mouse foot necklace. Rebecca Maevoy’s gruesome
jewellery is her protest against animal cruelty and the Bluecoat are quick
to point out that no animals were hurt for the exhibition as Rebecca collects
her material from animals that have already died. The gruesome theme continues
with Craig Fishers’ oversized implements of torture, but you’ll
have to pay a visit to the exhibition to see that all is not as it seems.
the other end of the spectrum Anna Howarth as created some beautiful and
technically intricate paper cut-outs that invoke a magical dreamlike feeling.
Her large cut-outs depict butterflies, fairies and a variety of animals.
Roots and Wisdom is a delightful piece by Cordelia Cembrowicz. Using nothing
more than some cotton wool and some teeth - from animals and humans -
she has created a scene containing a variety of different fairies. But
if it’s portraits that hold your interest try the draw me a portrait
booth, where you can get your portrait drawn in less than 3 minutes. This
collection is truly a room of wonder and is well worth a visit.