Close quick menu

Ashburton Art Gallery

327 West St

Ashburton | 7700

P | 03 308 1133

E | info@ashburtonartgallery.org.nz

Gallery Hours

Open Daily: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday: 10am - 7pm

Closed Good Friday, Anzac Morning and Christmas day

Map
m

Snark: A Victorian Odyssey

ABOUT THIS EXHIBITION

about-exhibition

DATES & TIMES

5 November- 10 February 2019

Open Daily: 10am - 4pm

Some 10 years ago a book was published that shocked the global literary community to the quick. It was called Snark, Being a true history of the Expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock…and its tragic aftermath. The book (henceforth known simply as Snark) claimed to have found proof that Jabberwocky and The Hunting of the Snark – two of the most famous poems by celebrated author, Lewis Carroll – were not the fantasies they were believed to be, but were based on a real historical event.
The ‘proof’ was in the form of a recently discovered diary of a crew member, ‘The Boots’, that recorded an ill-considered and eventually doomed venture to capture a culinary delicacy, The Snark. Now in its 42nd (updated and award-winning) edition the
controversy around Snark still rages. Is the book – as it claims – the ‘true history’ of these events? Or is it nothing more than a cruel hoax played on gullible readers? This exhibition includes selections from the Boots’ original drawings and notes. There are also quotes from Lewis Carroll and the author of Snark, Ashburton’s own David Elliot. Juxtaposed against these artworks are artifacts which have been kindly loaned by Otago Museum and other concerned individuals that may, along with the poems, have served as inspiration for an elaborate fraud. Perhaps it is in that imaginative space between the two that we will find the truth.

 

OM LOGO  unihorizcmyk_updated_small_2

 

Header Image: David Elliot, The Barrister, 2016, pencil and watercolour.
Image credit: Lee Baker, Snark Cooker, 2018, mixed media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATES & TIMES

5 November- 10 February 2019

Open Daily: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday: 10am - 7pm

OTHER EXHIBITIONS

6th July – 30th July 2021

ASA | 57th Annual Exhibition

Ashburton Society of Arts

The Ashburton Society of Arts (ASA) Annual Exhibition returns to the Gallery this July. This exhibition is a…

LEARN MORE

April - October

Cinéma of the Rorschach

Mark Soltero

Working almost exclusively in a monochromatic palette, Mark Soltero will be transforming our foyer wall into a cinematic…

LEARN MORE

4 April - 16 May 2021

On Returning

Hamish Coleman

“Particular locations in Hakatere insist on providing a backdrop for many of my nighttime dreams: a sort of…

LEARN MORE

18 April - 18 June 2021

A Stone to Strike and a Rock to Stumble Over

The Associates

The Associates are an affiliation of artists, representing a variety of disciplines, exchanging and sharing the knowledge and…

LEARN MORE