Midsummer – Saturday 22nd June – Wednesday 7th August
Walking “widdershins” (counter-clockwise) is the traditional way to enter the realm of myth and enchantment. Come to Green Hill Arts this summer and let us show you the way...
Widdershins is an exhibition of art works by a group of celebrated and internationally renowned mythical and fantasy artists.
Dartmoor’s landscape is steeped in magic and mystery and it is home to many artists whose work is inspired by mythic themes. Widdershins showcases the work of those who live on Dartmoor (or have local connections), but whose paintings, sculptures, books and films are known far beyond: Hazel Brown, Neil Wilkinson Cave, Brian Froud, Wendy Froud, Paul Kidby, Alan Lee, Virginia Lee, Rima Staines, Terri Windling, David Wyatt.
Widdershins explores local legends, world myth, folklore and faery tales in diverse, surprising ways... and although it all starts ‘Once Upon a Time’, it is definitely not for children only. In addition to the exhibition itself, we have a full programme of mythic, magical events for adults and children. It includes artists’ talks, book-signings, storytelling, puppetry, music and much more.
Following our Widdershins book signing we will have a talk by illustrator and artist Paul Kidby.
Paul Kidby is a painter, sculptor, and illustrator of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. His books include ‘The Art of Discworld’ and ‘The Last Hero’.
Self taught artist Paul Kidby was born in West London in 1964. He left school at 17 and worked as a commercial artist before becoming a freelance illustrator in 1986.
He is best known for being the ‘artist of choice’ for the award winning writer Sir Terry Pratchett, and has designed the ‘Discworld’ book jackets since 2002 and has illustrated many ‘Discworld’ publications including ‘The Art of Discworld’ and best-selling ‘The Last Hero’.
Paul has also increasingly built himself a reputation as a sculptor and his limited edition bronzes are collected worldwide. Paul’s original artwork and bronzes have been exhibited in London, Paris and widely around the U.K.
Today Paul balances his output between Pratchett and his own projects, which focus around themes of folklore, myth and fantasy influenced by his New Forest surroundings where he lives and works with his wife Vanessa. His illustrated books will be available and Paul will talk about his life and work.
Right now I have to go and decide which books to take to get signed, as my collection is extensive this may take some time. Cant wait for June!