Curiouser and Curiouser: The world of Alice in Wonderland gets reshaped in Tunbridge Wells

By Richard Moss | 27 September 2010
a photo of a little girl walking down a corridor decorated with paper trees
© Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
Exhibition: Curiouser and Curiouser, Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, Tunbridge Wells, until October 23 2010

The world of Alice in Wonderland is a place that has long attracted artists, designers and filmmakers, all keen to re-interpret Lewis Carroll's kaleidoscopic story.

At Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery they are continuing this tradition by bringing together rarely seen costumes from the Museum's collection with the contemporary textile artworks of artists Cas Holmes, Heather Zeale and Anna Cocciadiferro. 

a photo of a colourful jacket made of paper
© Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
Visitors are encouraged to explore, investigate and discover these artworks and historic costumes within a magical garden created by set designer Jane Churchill. 

Hiding in the gallery, families have encountered Alice, the white rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Duchess and the baby who turns into a pig, all illustrated with beautiful historic costumes dating to around 1865, the year when Lewis Carroll wrote the original book.

Tiny stockings, shoes and gloves originally made for dolls give the sense that Alice has grown so large that everything around her seems very small. The art works explore the world of textiles as seen by Alice as she shrinks and grows.
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